Date: 29th Apr 2012
IBM partners with Asahi Kasei and Central
Glass on new battery tech
IBM has announced that two industry leaders Asahi Kasei
and Central Glass to join its Battery 500 Project team and
collaborate in doing research where battery going to be
primary power source for vehicles.
IBM Research is developing lithium-air battery technology
capable to increase the mileage of electric car for approximately
500 miles (800 km) on a single charge, which is what the
most important thing real electric car user is asking for.
As partners in the Battery 500 Project, Asahi Kasei and
Central Glass to bring materials innovation for the automotive
industry to the team. Asahi Kasei makes separator membrane
for lithium-ion batteries, and is partnering with IBM to
use its experience in innovative membrane technology to
create a critical component for lithium-air batteries.
Central Glass is a electrolyte manufacturer for lithium-ion
batteries, to use its chemical expertise in this field to
create a new class of electrolytes and high-performance
additives specifically designed to improve lithium-air batteries.
"These new partners share our vision of electric cars
being critical components of building a cleaner, better
world, which is far less dependent on oil," said Dr.
Winfried Wilcke, IBM's Principle Investigator who initiated
the Battery 500 Project. "Their compatible experience,
knowledge and commitment to bold innovation in electric
vehicle battery technology can help us transfer this research
from the lab onto the road."
New materials development is vitally important to ensuring
the viability of lithium-air battery technology," said
Tatsuya Mori, Director, Executive Managing Officer, Central
Glass. "As a long-standing partner of IBM and leader
in developing high-performance electrolytes for batteries,
we're excited to share each other's chemical and scientific
expertise in a field as exciting as electric vehicles."
"We are very focused on addressing environmental challenges
and limitations with diverse technology to build a brighter
future. This alliance allows us to explore a new path to
developing an improved rechargeable battery performance
that can not be met with conventional technologies,"
said Tetsuro Ohta, Head of Advanced Battery Materials Development
Center, Asahi Kasei.