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nanoFlowcell® marks the start of the modern era of mobile energy carriers. A compact flow cell with scalable output for a variety of applications. Powerful enough to drive even sports cars fully electrically. Cost-effective, for affordable e-mobility. Environmentally compatible, for sustainable use. Absolutely safe, in use and to health. In combination with bi-ION, nanoFlowcell® surpasses all currently available battery technologies.... more


bi-ION is a liquid energy storage medium with an energy density comparable to that of the very latest lithium-ion batteries. Yet, in contrast to these, it is also thermally safe and environmentally compatible. bi-ION is the first environmentally friendly mobile energy source that conserves resources and it utterly harmless to health, opening up brand new opportunities for electric mobility – on land, on water and in the air.... more


The low-voltage driveline architecture developed by nanoFlowcell Research SA for electric vehicles is unique within the automotive industry. The QUANT prototype vehicles with integrated nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT technology demonstrate the potential of the nanoFlowcell® low-voltage technology – powerful and eco friendly and at the same time increased functional safety, lower production costs, and easier vehicle homologation.... more

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The world's most advanced electric car or the future of energy?

QUANT 48VOLT, nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT demonstrates power and performance, thus raising awareness of what is currently the lightest, safest, most environmentally responsible and economical drive atfqgcnh. timberland konstruktion stövlarunit there is for electric vehicles. 

For many people, the QUANT 48VOLT is a desirable sports car and the world's most advanced electric car. However, visionaries will see in this small power station, which could easily provide a fully autonomous supply of electricity to an average household, the future of environmentally compatible yet affordable energy supply.

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100,000 Kilometres in the QUANTiNO 48VOLT - 100% Electric, Flow Cell Power Without Compromise

On 4 August there was a click!, and the clock in the QUANTiNO 48VOLT moved round to show 100,000 kilometres – totally unspectacularly in Zürich city traffic. It marks a milestone in the ultimate endurance test of the newly developed nanoFlowcell 48VOLT electric drive system based on flow cell technology. At the same time, it is also a validation of modern electric mobility that is not only arriving silently, but also with the commitment to inherent sustainability, environmental compatibility and practicality.... more

Energy-independency with nanoFlowcell® power

More and more private energy consumers want to detach themselves from (inter)national energy policies and source their energy needs on their own in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. There are a number of renewable energy sources available for climate-friendly generation of power and heat for private households. However, until now, private investment in individual energy independence hasn’t made financial sense. nanoFlowcell® can change this. nanoFlowcell® is a regenerative energy: environmentally friendly, affordable and independent.... more

nanoFlowcell® quo vadis?

nanoFlowcell quo vadis? While many still think of nanoFlowcell as a sports car manufacturer, others see it as the energy company of the future. The CEO of nanoFlowcell Holdings, Nunzio La Vecchia, talks about the future of the nanoFlowcell® and their technology’s hen-and-egg problem.... more

bi-ION – Energy of the Future

nanoFlowcell’s flow cell energy is clean and environmentally friendly energy produced from a ground-breaking new electrolyte liquid called bi-ION. bi-ION is the result of two decades of research and development in the field of molecular nano-technology at the DigiLab, the R&D center of nanoFlowcell Holdings. It was here that scientists developed a specific molecule, modified on a nano-technical level to store an adequate amount of energy to efficiently provide electric sports cars or even entire neighbourhoods with electric power.... more

Flow Cell Power – 1,000 km in 8:21 Hours

Farther – faster – greener! QUANTiNO with nanoFlowcell drive achieves the impossible for electric cars: 1,000 km in 8:21 hours! With the drive based on modern flow cell technology, the young R&D company is demonstrating to automakers how environmentally friendly and economical electric mobility can be made fit for the future.... more

nanoFlowcell at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show has established itself as one of the world’s most important automotive trade fairs. The last one hundred years have seen many automotive trends born here, plenty of oddities presented and a wealth of automotive technological excellence offered. More than virtually any other, the motor show at the foot of Mont Salève is also a magnet for concept studies, exotic vehicles, super sports cars and low-volume models. It is here that nanoFlowcell Holdings will present the QUANT 48VOLT to the public for the first time.... more

300 km/h in The World’s First Electric Sports Car with 48 V Low-Voltage Flow Cell Drive

A true eye-catcher in the shape of the world’s fastest eco sports car: QUANT 48VOLT is made to rethink the prevailing one-way approach to E-mobility. QUANT 48VOLT is the prototype of a new generation of low-voltage electric vehicles. It is equipped with what is currently the safest, most powerful, environmentally compatible and economical drive system for electric vehicles that could be built in series production.... more

Accelerating Change – QUANTiNO in the Fast Lane

Research needs unexpectedly bring the long sought-after breakthrough with the QUANTiNO. Its nanoFlowcell low-voltage drive delivers compelling results without cost-intensive and heavy supercaps serving as energy buffers. What started out as an emergency solution developed into an outstanding system benefit. The drive system in electric vehicles can now be designed to be even lighter and more cost-effective.... more

Modern Steam Engines

E-mobility critics are questioning the environmental compatibility and sustainability of alternative energy vehicles. Electric cars are, for many, a mediocre compromise of zero-emissions driving with “dirty” energy and environmentally harmful technology. nanoFlowcell offers an environmentally friendly, no-compromise energy alternative – and not only for electric vehicles. Water vapour emissions are the only “exhaust gases” generated by nanoFlowcell.... more

nanoFlowcell in Action – Journalists Drive QUANT Prototypes for First Time

QUANT FE und QUANTiNO stellen sich einem kritischen Medienpublikum: Erste Testfahrten mit den nanoFlowcell-Prototypen geben Ausblick auf die Elektromobilität der Zukunft.... more

1,167-Kilometre Test Drive in the QUANTiNO

Extensive test cycles are reaching end phase. nanoFlowcell has been fine tuned to a mobile environment – the most advanced electric vehicle on roads today. Join QUANTiNO on one of his recent test drives - 1,167 kilometre on Swiss highways.... more

The Spectre of High Voltage. Down with the Volts!

Scared of high voltage in cars? In the field of electric mobility, there was previously no alternative to high-voltage traction systems. However, the nanoFlowcell low-voltage drive system enables a high-performance powertrain to operate at low voltages and shows that electric vehicles can be powerful, cost-efficient and safe at the same time.... more

Full Speed Ahead up a Dead End

Electric mobility has an acceptance problem. Technological concepts are inadequate and political solutions insufficiently stringent. Between expedient optimism on the part of industry and non-strategic activity on the political side, the infrastructure problems of charging batteries is emerging as the main issue hampering electric mobility. Electric mobility should be suitable for the masses – by hook or by crook – but there is no comprehensive charging infrastructure. One solution is refillable batteries like nanoFlowcell. A comprehensive fuel-station network suitable for use by nanoFlowcell electric vehicles already exists.... more

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way?

Governments want to push forward the development and proliferation of renewable energies with financial incentive programmes and statements of political will. Yet the path to green progress is covered with political stumbling blocks. Complex governmental and industrial interests are intertwined into an international Gordian knot that must be loosened.... more

Schrödinger’s cat is dead – long live Schrödinger’s cat

For physicists, the state of health of Schrödinger’s cat is a fascinating thought exercise in the quantum-mechanical view of the world. A company like nanoFlowcell Holdings Ltd, on the other hand, embraces the knowledge of quantum-mechanical methods to model molecules for new kinds of electrolytes – bi-ION. It is a virtual development to solve real-life problems in the sustainable and environmentally compatible structuring of our electric mobility and stationary energy supply.... more

Many Alternatives, but No Solution

CNG, hydrogen, batteries – there are plenty of alternatives to petrol and diesel. However, things are not really progressing. Have politics and industry become bogged down by alternatives? Which vehicle drives are actually truly sustainable and environmentally compatible and therefore suitable for equipping more than a billion vehicles worldwide? Thinkers tell us there doesn’t have to be just one answer to all this. We say that it needs more than one answer – action must be taken.... more

Like a Phoenix from the Ashes

Disruptive innovations start out as small, niche innovations and often go on to spark a market revolution. The success stories of disruptive innovations are not written by the large, established corporations, but by small, young companies such as nanoFlowcell. They are flexible and free from rigid, innovation-adverse hierarchies. How does the approach of nanoFlowcell Holdings Ltd differ from that of Tesla Motors?... more

Technological Rough Diamond

Despite decades of university research projects and billions in funding support, the enormous potential of the flow cell still has to be realized. In their latest study “Global Flow Battery Market 2016-2020” the analysts from TechNavio - Infiniti Research Ltd come to the conclusion that flow batteries will be the most significant secondary energy source of the future. We know already today that there will be no sustainable and eco-friendly electro mobility without flow cell technology.... more

Plenty of Electric, but Only One True Innovation

Electric cars bask in the show spotlight, under the admiring gaze of visitors to the Geneva Motor Show. But behind the wonderful gloss, the outlook is gloomy.... more

Is Electromobility Running Out of Power?!

The “STROMbegleitung” (electricity evaluation) study forecasts that the expansion of electromobility will fail due to raw material bottlenecks in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries. Experts are thus calling for an intensification of research into alternative battery technologies and energy carriers for use in electric vehicles. nanoFlowcell AG already possesses this alternative technology of the future.... more

What is nanoFlowcell®? And why is the answer to the ultimate question not 42?

The flow cell technology of nanoFlowcell will score the ecological hattrick of forward-looking energy production and storage that is clean, sustainable and cost efficient.... more

In conversation with Nunzio La Vecchia ahead of the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show

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The QUANTiNO – Stunning Urban Sports Car with Environmental Awareness

The QUANTiNO is the latest scion of nanoFlowcell AG, pairing contemporary luxury and eco-power to create a new vision of electromobility.... more

The “Redox” Principle

nanoFlowcell AG enabled the first use of a battery system with flow cell technology in an automotive application with the patent-pending nanoFlowcell®, a revolutionary development of the already tried-and-tested flow cell technology.... more

Electromobility – Yesterday’s Vision?

In the beginning, there was the electric vehicle – and with nanoFlowcell®, the vision of sustainable and clean mobility is now finally possible.... more

Nunzio La Vecchia on His Motivation and the Origins of the QUANTiNO

Nunzio La Vecchia, Chief Technology Officer nanoFlowcell AG... more

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Telemark Group AS er et selskap lokalisert i Skien som investerer i selskaper innen energi, helse og IT. De har eiere som har lang erfaring innen drift og utvikling av industriselskap.

Skagerak Energi er et av Norges største energikonsern og er eid av Statkraft (62,62%) og kommunene Skien, Porsgrunn og Bamble. Skagerak Energis forretningsidé er å skape verdier for kunder, eiere og samfunn ved å:

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Laugstols forretningsmodell baserer seg på profesjonell gjennomføring av større og mindre prosjekter, samt rammeavtaler for kunder i Østlandsområdet. Kundeporteføljen er allsidig med overvekt av offentlig sektor og næring.

Laugstol hadde 134 ansatte pr 1.8.2016. Av dette er til enhver tid ca. 10 – 15 lærlinger og vi legger stor vekt på å ta et samfunnsansvar for opplæring i vår bransje. I all virksomhet skal det legges vekt på selskapets kjerneverdier som er kompetanse, ansvarlighet og nyskapning.

Som et delvis offentlig eid energikonsern er vi spesielt opptatt av hva vi kan bidra med knyttet til energi og miljø og vi føler at vi kan bistå våre kunder med å utforme sine anlegg på en mest mulig rasjonell og energieffektiv måte. Vi avlegger årlig et miljøregnskap hvor avfallsmengder, utslipp og annen miljøpåvirkning framkommer og det finnes egne målsetninger for hva Laugstol skal bidra med på dette området.

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Vi er et entreprenørfirma innen elektro og dekker følgende fagområder:

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In Rebuilding Iraq’s Oil Industry, U.S. Subcontractors Hold Sway

An oil field in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, with excess gas being burned off. Equipment in Iraq must be refurbished. Credit Atef Hassan/Reuters

MOSCOW — When Iraq auctioned rights to rebuild and expand its oil industry two years ago, the Russian company Lukoil won a hefty portion — a field holding about 10 percent of Iraq’s known oil reserves.

It seemed a geopolitical victory for Lukoil. And because only one of the 11 fields that the Iraqis auctioned off  went to an American oil company — Exxon Mobil — it also seemed as if few petroleum benefits would flow to the country that took the lead role in the war, the United States.

The auction’s outcome helped defuse criticism in the Arab world that the United States had invaded Iraq for its oil. “No one, even the United States, can steal the oil,” the Iraqi government spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, said at the time.

But American companies can, apparently, drill for the oil.

In fact, American drilling companies stand to make tens of billions of dollars from the new petroleum activity in Iraq long before any of the oil producers start seeing any returns on their investments.

Lukoil and many of the other international oil companies that won fields in the auction are now subcontracting mostly with the four largely American oil services companies that are global leaders in their field: Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Weatherford International and Schlumberger. Those four have won the largest portion of the subcontracts to drill for oil, build wells and refurbish old equipment.

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“Iraq is a huge opportunity for contractors,” Alex Munton, a Middle East analyst for Wood Mackenzie, a research and consulting firm based in Edinburgh, said by telephone.

Mr. Munton estimated that about half of the $150 billion the international majors are expected to invest at Iraqi oil fields over the next decade would go to drilling subcontractors — most of it to the big four operators, which all have ties to the Texas oil industry.

Halliburton and Baker Hughes are based in Houston, as is the drilling unit of Schlumberger, which is based in Paris. Weatherford, though now incorporated in Switzerland, was founded in Texas and still has big operations there.

Michael Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and an authority on oil and conflict, said that American oil services companies were generally dominant both in the Middle East and globally because of their advanced drilling technology. So it is no surprise, he said, they came out on top in Iraq, too — whatever the initial diplomatic appearances.

United States officials have said that American experts who advised the Iraqi oil ministry about ways to restore and increase petroleum production did so without seeking any preferences for American companies.

And immediately after the 2009 auction round won by Lukoil, the United States Embassy spokesman in Baghdad, Philip Frayne, told Reuters that “the results of the bid round should lay to rest the old canard that the U.S. intervened in Iraq to secure Iraqi oil for American companies.”

But Professor Klare said that the American officials who had advised the Iraqi government on its contracting decisions almost certainly expected American oil services companies to win a good portion of the business there, regardless who won the primary contracts.

“There’s no question that they would assume as much,” he said.

The American oil services companies, which have been in Iraq for years on contract with the United States occupation authorities and military, are expanding their presence even as the American military prepares to pull out.

For example, Halliburton, once led by former Vice President Dick Cheney, has 600 employees in Iraq today and said in a statement that it intended to hire several hundred more before the end of the year. “We continue to win significant contracts in Iraq, and are investing heavily in our infrastructure,” Halliburton said.

The 11 contracts Iraq signed with oil majors, including the six for the largest fields, are intended to raise Iraqi output from about 2.5 million barrels of oil a day now to 12 million barrels daily in 2017. Some of the oil services contracts are for repairing currently productive fields, others to tap mostly unused sites.

Most outside experts, including those at the International Energy Agency in Paris, are skeptical of the production targets. The I.E.A. predicts that Iraq will not surpass six million barrels a day until 2030.

But there is little question that production is ramping up. On average in 2002, the year before the United States invasion, Iraq produced only 1.9 million barrels of oil a day.

Lukoil’s experience in Iraq shows how, while geopolitics steered the primary contracts largely away from United States oil companies, the process left the subcontracting wide open for American service providers.

Lukoil was originally granted rights by Saddam Hussein, in 1997, to develop a huge field called West Qurna 2 — rights that Mr. Hussein rescinded just before the war began in 2003.

After the invasion, Lukoil sensed that its best chances lay in working with the Americans. It formed a joint venture with the United States company ConocoPhillips, giving Conoco a small venture in the Russian Arctic and ceding it part of West Qurna 2.

By the time Lukoil was eventually compelled to bid again for the field at the 2009 auction, sentiment in both the United States and Iraqi governments seemed to have shifted to favoring non-American companies in awarding the main contracts. But one of Lukoil’s first steps after securing the West Qurna 2 deal was to subcontract the oil well refurbishment work to Baker Hughes.

While Baker and its American peers are poised to make significant profits from such work in Iraq, wafer-thin margins seem to await Lukoil and the other international oil producers — which include BP of Britain, CNPC of China, ENI of Italy and the Anglo-Dutch company Shell.

Lukoil’s contract, for example, is typical in paying a flat fee of $1.15 for each barrel produced, regardless of oil’s price.

That means even if Lukoil ramps up West Qurna 2 production from almost nothing now to 1.8 million barrels a day by 2017, as specified in the contract, it will require more than a decade of subsequent production just to recoup capital costs of about $13 billion. A good portion of those costs, meanwhile, will have gone to its drilling contractors. Lukoil says it intends to drill more than 500 wells over six years.

Lukoil and other winners of the 2009 auction are now quietly seeking to renegotiate the deals by slowing the upfront investment. On Wednesday, Lukoil executives met with Iraq’s oil minister in Moscow, the company said in a statement. A spokesman declined to provide more details.

Andrei Kuzyaev, the president of Lukoil Overseas, the company’s subsidiary for foreign operations, said in an interview that he was choosing oil services contractors in Iraq through open tenders, as required by the contract. But in fact, Lukoil officials say privately, only American companies have bid.

“The strategic interest of the United States is in new oil supplies arriving on the world market, to lower prices,” Mr. Kuzyaev said.

“It is not important that we did not take part in the coalition,” he said, referring to the military operations in Iraq. “For America, the important thing is open access to reserves. And that is what is happening in Iraq.”

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