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SK Innovation Teams up with U.S. Company to Develop Lithium Metal Batteries
Research to Focus on Conductive Glass Separators
SK Innovation Teams up with U.S. Company to Develop Lithium Metal Batteries
  • By Jung Min-hee
  • February 20, 2019, 13:38
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Lee Sung-joon (third from left), director of the SK Innovation Technology Innovation Center, and Steve Bisco (second from left), CEO of Poly Plus Battery, shake hands after signing a contract to develop a lithium metal battery in Berkeley, California of the United States, on Feb. 18 (local time).

SK Innovation announced on Feb. 19 that it signed an agreement with Poly Plus Battery Co., a U.S. battery technology development company, to co-develop lithium metal batteries.

SK Innovation will invest in research and development of conductive glass separators owned by Poly Plus. The company said it was considering making an equity investment in Poly Plus and licensing its technology in the future.

SK Innovation plans to complete research on conductive glass separators by the end of 2021 and apply them to the development of lithium metal batteries.

Conductive glass separators are a key technology for stabilizing lithium metal batteries. The company hopes that a successful development of conductive glass separators would accelerate commercialization of lithium metal batteries.

The deal also marked the first case of acquiring a new technology through the open innovation approach launched by the SK Innovation Technology Innovation Center last year.