Samsung SDI, one of the world’s largest battery makers, has licensed low cobalt technology for making batteries from CamX Power in the US
The non-exclusive license covers the GEMX platform with nickel-based high energy high power cathode materials for use in lithium ion batteries, for portable as well as electric vehicle applications. Using molecular engineering this places cobalt at the critical places in the cathode particles resulting in use of less cobalt, yet with greater stability, higher performance and lower cost for all classes of high nickel materials.
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The GEMX platform is based on a fundamental invention of CamX for which patents have been granted in the US, EU, Japan, Korea and China across a broad class of cathode active materials. The platform is being offered as three products, gLNO, gNMC and gNCA for NMC, NCA and LNO batteries. These chemistries are expected to be used in the next ten years or more especially in lithium ion batteries for EVs. The patents themselves will remain valid beyond 2030 says CamX.
“As one of the foremost lithium ion cell and material companies in the world, Samsung SDI is expected to very quickly and efficiently take the technology to very successful implementations” said Dr. Kenan Sahin, Founder and President of CamX. “Instead of attempting production ourselves, by working with eminent and well established companies like Samsung SDI, we as CamX can see our inventions rapidly and more broadly come to market for the benefit of society especially in the environmentally beneficial, non-polluting, connected and self-aware electric vehicles poised to dominate transportation and become a multi-trillion dollar industry in itself.”
Samsung SDI supplies batteries to BMW, Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with a battery gigafactory in Hungary and is in discussion on a solid state battery joint venture with Hyundai Motor. CamX has licensed the current GEMX technology to Johnson Matthey and the earlier CAM-7 cathode platform to BASF and Johnson Matthey.