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ITRI battery applications draw interest

Staff writer, with CNA

Some new lithium-ion battery applications developed by the nation’s largest high-tech research and development institute have attracted interest at the world’s largest battery exhibition in Japan, the institute said on Thursday.

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said in a statement that it debuted a heavy-duty motorcycle battery, emergency backup power supplies and motor power batteries, based on its self-terminated oligomers with hyper-branched architecture (STOBA) technology at the fifth International Rechargeable Battery Expo.

STOBA is a technology developed by ITRI and used to enhance battery safety. The technology won the R&D 100 Award in Energy Devices in 2009.

Japanese manufacturers such as NEC, NTT, Yuasa Battery, Panasonic, Hitachi and Maxell all showed great interest in the ITRI products at the fair, according to the statement.

ITRI said it hopes to expand its cooperation with its Japanese counterparts and businesses.

“We look forward to the day when ITRI’s STOBA technology is adopted for Japan’s high-value batteries,” said Pan Jing-pin (潘金平), division director of ITRI’s material and chemical research laboratories.

The STOBA lithium-ion batteries can be used as high-capacity and high-density mobile emergency power supplies, medical backup power supplies and electric vehicle power supplies, he said.

The three-day battery expo in Tokyo ended yesterday.

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