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ceramic separators

Polypore legals put a brake on LG

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:40 -- Laura Varriale

Polypore has won an injunction against LG Chem preventing the Korean company from producing batteries containing its own version of ceramic coated separators.

Polypore’s subsidiary Celgard claims that LG Chem is infringing Celgard’s patent on ceramic-coated lithium-ion separators. The company has requested a preliminary injunction to prohibit the importation or sale of lithium-ion batteries in the US that contain LG Chem’s lithium-ion separators.

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Porous Power separator reduces risk of thermal runaway

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Porous Power Technologies (PPT) has launched a line of ceramic-filled battery separators designed to improve the thermal stability and safety of the large-format lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles, flat-cell consumer electronics, and high-power applications.

Under heat, the ceramic-filled polymer separators fuse together, leaving a thin film of ceramic particles between the electrodes and reduce the likelihood of hard shorts that can lead to thermal runaway and cell failure.

The ceramic particles are evenly distributed throughout the PPT chemically inert PVDF polymer. The particles reside primarily in the pore walls, leaving a large and uniform open pore structure that enable ions to pass through with less resistance and less heat generation.

The separators will provide greater power in high-current applications as well as having increased thermal stability with less cell degradation. The design offers reduced separator shrinkage, extended cycle life, higher bake-out and operating temperatures, and improved puncture and abuse resistance.

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