Dow Kokam opens advanced battery lab in U.S.

  • 27-Oct-2011 05:03 EDT
Detail of the Dow Kokam Global R&D Center Dry Room.JPG

Co-located within the Dow Kokam Summit Battery Park's battery cell production facility in a dry-room environment, the pilot lab is capable of cell assembly from electrode to final cell in 2 and 8 A·h sizes, providing data enabling large-format battery scale-up and new cell designs.

Dow Kokam says its multifaceted new R&D center in Lee's Summit, MO, will help it to bring next-generation lithium-ion battery solutions to market faster while identifying breakthrough technologies. According to the company, it is one of the world's most advanced battery laboratories. The center, which was unveiled Oct. 21, features a wet chemistry lab for rapid material characterization; a process R&D lab for producing commercial-sized prototype battery electrodes using production-sized equipment; a dry-room pilot cell assembly room for cell assembly from electrode to final cell in 2 and 8 A·h cell sizes; and cell testing and quality-assurance labs for testing and analyzing R&D prototypes, samples, and actual finished product. In addition to the global R&D center, the Summit Battery Park has the capacity to produce 33 MW·h of battery cells annually, along with commercial-scale pack production and battery systems prototyping capabilities.

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