POSCO Group has set up a research center on secondary battery materials in its bid to lead the global secondary battery material market and increase product development capabilities.
POSCO, the Research Institute of Science and Technology (RIST) and POSCO Chemical announced on June 25 that they have launched the POSCO Group Rechargeable Battery Material Research Center, which will focus on research and development of cathode and anode materials.
Researchers at the center are comprised of 85 people, including researchers from the RIST and POSCO Chemical. The center plans to enhance its technology development capabilities through the continuous recruitment of personnel.
The center will develop materials for high-capacity batteries to dial up electric vehicles' mileage and new process technology for battery materials to boost battery cost competitiveness and core material technology for next-generation batteries. The center will also have small-scale pilot facilities that integrate anode and cathode material manufacturing and battery manufacturing and evaluation facilities. The facilities are expected to significantly reduce time to develop new products and technologies.
The center will help POSCO to respond to the various needs of battery companies by providing such services as product planning, product development, and performance evaluation of batteries loaded with developed products.
In addition, the center will enhance POSCO's competitiveness in secondary battery materials by actively promoting joint research with other leading research institutes and experts in Korea and abroad such as POSTECH and Pohang Accelerator Laboratory.