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Apple picks Samsung SDI exec for batteries post

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Soonho Ahn

Apple has appointed a former top executive of Korean battery giant Samsung SDI as its global head of battery development.

Soonho Ahn (pictured), who was senior vice-president of next generation batteries and materials innovation at Samsung SDI until last month, confirmed his new appointment on his LinkedIn profile.

Ahn joined Samsung SDI in 2016 when he was put in charge of lithium-ion cell and pack developments for the company. He is also a former director of batteries R&D for LG Chem.

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LG Chem, Ford in blockchain pilot to trace ‘ethical’ battery materials

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Tech giant IBM has teamed up with battery maker LG Chem, the Ford Motor Company and others to use blockchain technology “to trace and validate ethically-sourced materials” for batteries and other products.

The group, which includes Chinese mining firm Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt and auditing specialist RCS Global, is starting with a pilot focused on cobalt sourced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The move comes amid increasing pressure on electric vehicle producers and their battery suppliers to ensure an ethical approach for procuring raw materials— and hot on the heels of another ‘sustainable cobalt’ initiative launched by South Korea’s Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics, Germany’s BMW and chemicals group BASF.

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South Australia connects grid-scale BESS

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Dalrymple battery project

A new grid-scale battery energy storage system has entered into service in Australia to bolster power grid security across five of the country’s six states.

The 30-megawatt/8-megawatt-hour lithium-ion BESS in South Australia is owned and developed by transmission provider Electranet— and is adjacent to the company’s Dalrymple substation.

The ‘ESCRI’ (Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration) BESS comprises Samsung rechargeable batteries integrated via invertors, controller and transformers from power company ABB. The system has a 12-year design lifetime.

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Samsung 'to expand China battery production'

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Korean electronics giant Samsung is to invest US$2.4 billion in order to expand battery manufacturing in Tianjin, northern China, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

The Tianjin municipal government has reported that the investment will be used to expand the power battery lines for automotive batteries, and to establish a multi-layer ceramics capacitors (MLCC) factory in the city.

Tianjin is already a well-established manufacturing base for Samsung, with 10 affiliated companies currently in the municipality, pumping out products reportedly worth a combined total of around CNY84bn ($12.2bn) annually.

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Korean-German partners launch ‘sustainable cobalt’ project in DRC

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

South Korean firms Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics are teaming up with German car giant BMW and chemicals group BASF for a joint pilot cobalt mining project to “enhance sustainable mining” for batteries production.

The companies have signed a contract with the German overseas development support agency— Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)— to launch the pilot in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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VW adds SK Innovation to battery cells suppliers group

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
VW modular electric toolkit

Volkswagen has expanded its Asian network of electric vehicle battery suppliers to include South Korean manufacturer SK Innovation (SKI).

VW’s board member for procurement, Dr Stefan Sommer, said SKI would supply batteries along with South Korean peers LG Chem and Samsung, plus China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL). 

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Solid Power ‘to scale-up’ with investments boost

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 08:53 -- Hugh Finzel
Solid Power image

The venture capital arm of Belgium-based battery materials firm Solvay has made an equity investment in US-headquartered next-generation solid-state batteries developer Solid Power.

Solvay Ventures’ move came after Solid Power announced it had generated US$20 million in a Series A investment round, which drew funding from companies including Samsung, Hyundai cradle, Sanoh, and A123 Systems.

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Hype— the secret ingredient of ultra fast charging

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:15 -- News Editor
Hype— the secret ingredient of ultra fast charging

The race to bring fast charging to the mobile phone market through new battery developments reached a new peak last week with Samsung and relative newcomer Enervate using consumer electronic marketing and hype to bring their products to the global stage.

Enervate, the Irvine California developer of a silicon anode based battery system, was chosen by the gargantuan Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show which takes place in early January as an ‘honouree’ in three categories — Vehicle Intelligence & Self-Driving Technology, Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies, and Tech for a Better World — for its “groundbreaking” silicon-dominant lithium-ion battery technology.

 

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Romeo Power woos investors for storage start-up

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:14 -- News Editor
Romeo Power woos investors for storage start-up

California energy storage start-up Romeo Power— which boasts a workforce including “top engineers and designers” from business rivals Tesla— has secured $30 million in seed financing.

Romeo said on 24 August it was now pushing ahead with the installation of a fully-automated 113,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Los Angeles that is set to be ready by the year’s end.

 

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Lithium-ion safety standards need upgrade after Samsung debacle

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:08 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion safety standards need upgrade after Samsung debacle

Tougher lithium-ion design and manufacturing safeguards must be introduced to bring safety standards up to date following Samsung’s recall of its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones, says a US agency.

Chairman of the US government agency Consumer Product Safety Commission Elliot Kaye made the call in a statement released last week.

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