31 Jul '12, 8am

Japanese firms working together to build cutting-edge lithium-ion battery material

Japanese firms working together to build cutting-edge lithium-ion battery material

Japanese firms working together to build cutting-edge lithium-ion battery material In Cars , Hybrids and Alternative Fuel , International News , Technology / By Anthony Lim / 31 July 2012 / 3 comments Over in Japan, reports indicate that a quartet of Japanese companies is banding up to mass-produce a cutting-edge lithium ion battery material, both domestically and overseas. Kureha, Kuraray and Itochu are set to work together with public-private investment fund Innovation Network Corporation of Japan to produce negative electrodes – a core battery component – through a joint firm, the Nikkei says. Both Kureha and Kuraray have established processes that turn a plant-derived material into charcoal for use in the negative electrodes. The companies say the new material can improve battery durability by as much as 30% and also halve the time required to charge EV and plug-in hyb...

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