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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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Samsung SDI considers expanding in India

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:02 -- Laura Varriale
Samsung SDI considers expanding in India

Samsung SDI is contemplating opening a battery manufacturing plant in India.

Samsung SDI officials have met India’s telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as a follow-up of their meeting in South Korea to discuss business options.

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LG Chem and SK Innovation drop lawsuit

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 09:36 -- Laura Varriale
LG Chem and SK Innovation reach agreement

EV battery producers LG Chem and SK Innovation have withdrawn their patent lawsuit in the US and South Korea about inorganic material-coated separators.

The two companies agreed to not file any lawsuits over patents or seek damages for the next 10 years in Korea or overseas and cooperate in the electric vehicle battery business.

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LG Chem to supply li-ion batteries to Audi

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:50 -- Laura Varriale
LG Chem plant in Ochang, South Korea

Korean battery maker LG Chem has struck a deal with German automaker Audi to supply lithium-ion batteries for its next generation hybrid vehicles.

The 48V batteries will be used in Audi’s new plug-in hybrid and micro-hybrid vehicles. The lithium-ion batteries are to replace currently integrated 12V lead-acid batteries.

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