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South Korea creates safer Li-ion battery

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:31 -- Paul Crompton
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South Korea creates safer Li-ion battery
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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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New British – Korean fuel cell partnership

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:17 -- Anonymous
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New British – Korean fuel cell partnership for AFC Energy.
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British fuel cell company AFC Energy is set to enter into a joint venture with two Korean companies to develop a 50 Mw fuel cell plant.

AFC will own 40% of the project, in partnership with the Korean companies Samyoung (45%) and Changsin (15%).

The first phrase will see 5MW come on stream by 2016, with a second 45MW phase set for commission in 2019. The companies claim the project will generate $1billion in its first 10 years of operation.

AFC is due to sell alkaline fuel cell equipment into the joint venture, as well as give technical and operational advice on the project in Korea.

Samyoung will be in charge of the engineering work, while Changsin will supply hydrogen, land and logistics.

Earlier this year AFC Energy signed several large international contracts, including a 300Mw project in Dubai.

Korean researchers develop reusable graphene fuel cell catalyst

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 15:27 -- Anonymous
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Korean researchers have developed a technique to make the first reusable fuel cell electrode material.

By selectively coating the metalloid antimony with graphene in a mechanochemical process, the scientists at the Ulsan National Institute for Science and Technology managed to maximise the electrode’s electrochemical activities.

Due to the costs of platinum, commonly used in fuel cells, graphene has long been talked about as a replacement. But until now the electrochemical activities in the material has been too low.

The development process of the electrode has been transferred to a Korean company and is expected to be commercialised, reports Business Korea.

The findings of the study were first published in the scientific journal Nature Communications’ May issue.

Samsung SDI considers expanding in India

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:02 -- Anonymous
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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 -- Anonymous
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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 -- Anonymous
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LG Chem plant in Ochang, South Korea
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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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UK, Korea sign fuel cell technology agreement

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:26 -- Anonymous
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The Memorandum of Understanding signed at Imperial College London
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A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by Imperial College London and the University of Science and Technology in Korea to develop fuel cell technology.

The MoU is intended to advance the involvement in hydrogen and fuel cell research between UK and Korea.

A Professor from each establishment signed the MoU at Imperial College London’s Energy Future Lab, which will be the focal point of the research and is the UK’s hub for hydrogen and fuel cell technology research.

Professor Nigel Brandon, director of the EFL said: “Korea is investing heavily in a range of energy technologies including fuel cells, reflecting the country’s relative lack of natural resources. As fuel cells are the most efficient form of electricity generation for a range of fuels, including natural gas and hydrogen, this is of significant interest for Korean industry to develop for both its home and international markets.”

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