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Korean battery makers line up in Europe

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:15 -- News Editor
Korean battery makers line up in Europe

Further evidence of a Korean “land grab” of future European EV markets came last week with SK Innovation's announcement that it plans to invest around KRW1 trillion ($920 million) to build an electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Hungary and to expand production facilities for EV batteries in South Korea.

The battery maker said it would set aside KRW840 billion for the Hungary plant, which it will start building in February. By 2020, the plant will be capable of producing 7.5GWh of batteries each year.

 

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Cobalt crisis forces Koreans to act

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:23 -- News Editor
Cobalt crisis forces Koreans to act

Amid growing demand for the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles and smartphones, cobalt, the key energy metal, has seen a decline in production this year driven mainly by the unstable political situation of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which accounts for more than half of global cobalt production.

This month, the price of cobalt came to $61,000 per ton, a 90% jump from early in the year, according to industry data.

Photo credit: The Carter Center: G. Dubourthoumieu

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US, Korea firms work together on Li-ion tech

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:42 -- Xuan Zhong
US, Korea firms work together on Li-ion tech

US lithium-ion technology firm BioSolar has signed a joint development agreement with Li-ion battery manufacturer Top Battery from South Korea. The two companies plan to integrate their technologies to assess, develop and manufacture lithium products.

This agreement follows BioSolar’s announcement that it had successfully completed the laboratory phase of its silicon alloy nanocomposite anode material development with data suggesting it can achieve higher capacity with lowered costs.

 

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Maxwell acquires Nesscap Energy

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:02 -- Xuan Zhong
Maxwell acquires Nesscap Energy

California’s ultracapacitor firm Maxwell Technologies has announced that it has substantially completed its acquisition of the assets and business, including the operating entities, of Nesscap Energy, a South Korea-based ultracapacitor maker.

The Nesscap business includes research, development and manufacturing of energy storage and power delivery solutions with operations in Korea, Germany, and China.

 

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100 times faster-charging hybrid battery technology

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 16:35 -- Xuan Zhong

New hybrid energy storage technology with 100 times faster charging than conventional batteries has been developed by a South Korean research team, led by Professor Kang Jeung-ku.

The new nanotube materials was set up to comprise the basis of hybrid full-cell capacitors with faster charging and higher energy and power densities.

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New Anode Material is found to improve batteries performance

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 13:32 -- Xuan Zhong

A Korean research team claimed they have developed a new type anode material that will greatly improving the performance of commercial lithium-ion batteries.

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), a public university in South Korea has proved the possibility of a next-generation hybrid anode using silicon-nanolayer-embedded graphite/carbon.

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Korea sanctions investment to develop 300Wh/kg lithium-ion battery

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:57 -- Paul Crompton
Korea sanctions investment to develop 300Wh/kg lithium-ion battery

Korea is set to invest 43 billion won ($38.4 million) in a bid to double the energy density of lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle market by 2020, according to reports.

Developers plan to produce a 300Wh/kg battery, news outlet Korea Joongang Daily reported the country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy as saying.

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Tesla looks to Korea for its lithium-ion EV battery supply

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
Tesla looks to Korea for its lithium-ion EV battery supply

With 400,000 pre-orders of its model 3, Tesla is looking beyond the Japanese lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic for its supply to ensure it can meet demand, reports the Korea Times.

Some Korean companies are also getting in on the act to supply materials for those batteries.

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Solvay shows Koreans who is top dog on separators and coatings

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 15:28 -- Paul Crompton
Solvay shows Koreans who is top dog on separators and coatings

Belgian-based Solvay speciality chemicals showed its range of Solef®polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) materials for the battery market including its new PVDF technology for solvent and water based separator coatings for high-energy, high-safety and high-sustainability lithium-ion batteries at Interbattery in Seoul Korea last month.

With Korean makers at the heart of battery development for the EV market, Solvay is the only PVDF supplier that uses both emulsion and suspension polymerization technology, thereby offering the industry the broadest range of high-performance binders and separator coating materials.

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South Korea creates safer Li-ion battery

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:31 -- Paul Crompton
South Korea creates safer Li-ion battery

Korean engineers have created a porous solid electrolyte lithium-ion battery which they claim is safer than existing technologies.

Researchers at South Korea’s Pohang University made the battery using molecules of cucurbituril ( CB[6]), which are organised in a honeycomb-like structure. 

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