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Samsung SDI targets US EV market

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:29 -- Laura Varriale
Samsung SDI at Detroit Auto Show

Samsung SDI has launched four battery products for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV) at the Detroit Motorshow, US.

The first of the showcased products is a 120Ah high capacity lithium-ion battery cell designed to facilitate a driving range of 300km with one time charging.

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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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Samsung and Sungrow partner for energy storage JV

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 16:23 -- Laura Varriale
Samsung SDI and Sungrow officials

Samsung SDI is to form a joint venture (JV) for energy storage systems with inverter manufacturer Sungrow in China.

The JV will develop lithium-ion battery energy storage, as well as marketing and sales of its storage solutions and products. The South Korean and Chinese companies plan to establish new firm in the first half of 2015.

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Samsung SDI starts construction of battery factory in China

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:12 -- Editor
Samsung battery manufacturing

Samsung SDI broke ground on August 18 on a lithium-ion battery factory in the Chinese city of Xian.

The factory will be operational by October 2015 and produce some 40,000 units of battery cells annually to equip electric cars, the company said in a statement.

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Samsung SDI to supply 1MWh li-ion battery to Japanese PV farm

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:23 -- Laura Varriale
Kyocera PV plant

Samsung SDI is to provide 1MWh of lithium-ion batteries to a 1MW Edison Power solar PV farm on Kyushu island in Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture.

The South Korean battery maker will initially supply 1MWh to the Kyushu PV plant and install more batteries at 20 PV farms, which Edison Power aims to built in various places like Hokkaido and Kyushu over the next five years. The battery costs around ¥100,000 ($971) per kWh.

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Samsung SDI to supply more li-ion batteries to BMW

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:59 -- Laura Varriale
BMW car production

South Korea’s Samsung SDI and German car manufacturer BMW have expanded its partnership with a “multi billion euro” deal that includes the supply of Samsung’s lithium-ion batteries to BMW’s future electric vehicles.

Battery maker Samsung currently provides 96-cell 60Ah battery packs for BMW’s i8 plug-in hybrid and i3 electric car models. BMW plans to increase the order by "at least" 20% to 30% in 2016 from its 2014 level.

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Ford and Samsung reveal next-gen battery efforts

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 12:08 -- Laura Varriale
lead-acid and li-ion batteries

Ford and Samsung SDI have unveiled a "near term production" dual 12V lithium-ion/lead-acid battery system and research on a 12V lithium-ion battery to dispense of the lead-acid SLI.

The dual-battery system combines a lithium-ion battery with a 12V lead-acid battery for non-hybrid vehicles with start-stop engines. The new system should enable regenerative braking and fuel savings.

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Ground broken at Europe’s biggest battery park

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 12:51 -- Ruth Williams
Caspar Baumgart, Thomas Paetzold, Erwin ring Selle, Jürgen Becker, Angelika Gramkow, Clemens Triebel (left) at the groundbreaking ceremony

Construction has begun on the site to house Europe’s largest commercial battery park. German utility company WEMAG and Berlin-based renewables expert, Younicos, have begun working on the site that is due to be online in September 2014.

The site in Schwerin, northern Germany, will house a 5MWh battery to offset short-term power fluctuations from renewable energy sources to assist with stabilising grid frequency. Samsung SDI is supplying the lithium-ion cells with an assurance of 20 years performance guaranteed.

This is part of a Germany-wide effort to increase the use of renewable energy to lessen the dependence on fossil fuel and nuclear-generated electricity.

See the full report in the Summer issue of BEST magazine (issue 41) to read more about the Younicos and WEMAG project. 

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