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Samsung SDI Lead the Battery Charge at Frankfurt IAA 2013

Samsung SDI, the global leader of consumer lithium-ion batteries is on the way to become the driving force of vehicle electrification with innovative battery cells and complete pack systems.

  • Samsung SDI started mass-production of VDA-standardised lithium ion battery cells with prismatic aluminum housings for electrified vehicles.
  • A 2020 product roadmap for cell capacity increase will enable car makers to significantly improve the performance of their hybrid(HEV), plug-in hybrid(PHEV) and pure electric vehicles(EV).
  • Leading global automakers trust Samsung SDI’s battery technologies and several have signed multiple contracts for current and future HEV, PHEV and EV programs.
  • At the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show 2013, Samsung SDI is showcasing its newly developed 12V and 48V battery systems, enabling Samsung SDI to cover every type of electrification from low voltage start/stop through to full electric vehicles.
  • The industry’s most advanced safety-devices and a 13 year zero-defect track-record are a result of the company’s focus on safety and quality.
  • Over 300 researchers, backed by 30,000 patent registrations and patent applications are already developing the next generation of energy storage to support a greener world.
Samsung SDI Road Map
Samsung SDI Road Map

Samsung SDI: the battery systems partner for the automotive industry

Samsung SDI is helping to accelerate vehicle electrification with its automotive lithium-ion battery cells, modules and systems. After significant investments in research and manufacturing capabilities during the last few years, Samsung SDI has developed a complete battery cell platform portfolio and is capable of mass-producing various advanced automotive battery cells comprising 5 Ah-Class for hybrid vehicles, 20 Ah-Class for plug-in hybrid vehicles and 40-60 Ah for pure electric vehicles. With the current and future product portfolio, Samsung SDI aims to repeat its success in lithium-ion batteries for consumer electronics, where it became the global market leader less than 10 years after entering the industry.

At the end of 2012, Samsung SDI took control of the former joint-venture SB LiMotive from Bosch and quickly proved its commitment to develop world class battery cells, modules and systems to nearly all major car makers. As the leader in lithium-ion technology, Samsung SDI is able to mass-produce advanced battery cells for automotive applications, combining automotive knowhow and systems with rapid technology development and process innovations from the consumer industry to deliver high performing and competitively priced products.

With the recently awarded mass production series contracts, joint-development projects with leading car manufacturers, and having developed 12V and 48V prototype systems, Samsung SDI has established itself as a leading force in the automotive battery industry.

Samsung SDI at IAA 2013

For the first time, Samsung SDI will showcase a broad range of products developed for automotive applications at the 65th IAA in Frankfurt. From September 10th to 13th 2013, industry experts and press representatives have been invited to booth Hall 4.1/Stand E28 to view Samsung SDI´s battery cell and systems portfolio, the highlight of which will be the world premiere of Samsung SDI´s latest prototypes for a 48V Low Voltage System (LVS).

Samsung SDI: Future Confident

At Samsung SDI, over 300 automotive researchers are currently developing the next generation of lithium-ion battery cells to provide automakers and their customers with greater electric driving range, safety and reliability at reduced costs. Greater range will be achieved within current vehicle and battery system package designs (same battery cell dimensions with higher energy densities). Backed by over 30,000 patents and patent applications, Samsung SDI will lead the industry with its innovative battery cells, modules and pack systems.

In addition, Samsung SDI is investing heavily in the development of 12V and 48V low voltage systems, battery modules and cells. This will enable an integrated development of battery cells and packs, leading to lower costs and higher performance.

Latest Technology for Start/Stop Systems – 12V Dual Pack

Samsung SDI has developed a lithium-ion battery pack solution that improves the performance of vehicles with start/stop systems. Samsung SDI’s new 12V Dual Pack allows the start/stop system to use more regenerative power than current conventional systems that use a single lead-acid battery. Samsung SDI’s 12V Dual Pack consists of a battery management unit and of ASIL-B-level functional safety devices, as well as special battery cells, so called “Hi-Cap” cells that have high current acceptance and excellent low temperature cold start performance. This new battery pack stores the regenerated electrical energy and supplies it to the board-net during idle stop. During normal running the pack can also support the vehicle board-net, which results in an overall load reduction on the engine and improves the vehicle’s fuel economy. The battery is air-cooled and therefore there is no need for additional auxiliary cooling components. This allows the battery to be lighter, more compact and more cost effective, ensuring automakers a higher design flexibility and lower package volume demand.

World Premiere: Samsung SDI‘s 48V Low Voltage System (LVS)

At IAA 2013, Samsung SDI will introduce a 48V “Low Voltage System” as part of the company’s full spectrum of advanced energy storage solutions for automobiles which significantly reduces fuel consumption compared with micro hybrid systems.

Samsung SDI’s world first “48V Power Pack” combines a 48V fast charging/discharging lithium-ion battery with integrated power electronics in one unit which provides automakers with an optimized package, simplifies power distribution interfaces and reduce the number of thermal management parts by cooling the energy storage systems and the power electronics in series. The 48V Power Pack can be located in the trunk, under the rear seat or inside the spare tire storage area. The high-torque, high-efficiency 11kW electric motor-generator can be mounted to the engine in place of the alternator to provide both, motor assistance and electric-generating functions through the engine belt-drive system.

Samsung SDI’s powerful 48V system offers additional functionalities like smooth engine start, torque assistance to improve transient acceleration behavior of gasoline and diesel engine to improve fuel efficiency, optimized fuel economy and CO2 reductions during idle and highway cruise by electrical assisted “operating point adjustment”, and the ability to re-gain kinetic energy via regenerative braking. In addition the system can power a vehicle up to 20 km/h (16 mph)—for example, when parking or in slow moving traffic.

Global automakers trust Samsung SDI’s competencies for future mass-produced HEV, PHEV, and EV projects

Having been selected as a core part supplier for many HEV, PHEV, and EV programs of world-leading automakers, Samsung SDI has demonstrated its commercial, safety and technological competitiveness. The first vehicles already on the road with Samsung SDI battery cells are the Fiat 500e (EV) and as well as a PHEV model of another global OEM. Many major car makers in Europe, USA, and Asia have begun projects with Samsung SDI, and will be introducing vehicles powered by Samsung SDI battery cells, modules or systems over the next few years. One example is Samsung SDI´s 60Ah cell that enables the newly introduced BMW i3 to have a driving range of 160km while contributing to its affordable and low mass concept. Mr. Sang Jin Park, CEO and President of Samsung SDI, highlighted: “By becoming a battery supplier to global automakers, Samsung SDI has proved itself to be a leading company in automotive battery systems. We will continue and expand our efforts on the automotive industry, enabling future automotive electrification technology ensuring a greener world for future generations”

Safety and Quality has highest priority for Samsung SDI

Since Samsung SDI entered the lithium-ion battery industry in 2000, there has been no recalls or incidents at customers due to Samsung SDI´s focus on safety and quality. In order to fulfill all requirements and demands of the automotive customers, Samsung SDI is certified and follows industry-standards including ISO9001, ISO/TS16949, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO26262 as well as customer specific requirements and guidelines. Besides standard automotive quality tools like FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) and sub-supplier management systems, Samsung SDI has developed and installed advanced internal processes such as its Manufacturing Executing System (MES) to guarantee the highest quality of its products and 100% traceability.

As a result, every battery cell that is produced by Samsung SDI is checked at hundreds of measuring points during the production process and can be individually tracked. This ensures that customers will always get battery cells with the most consistent and highest performance during the entire vehicle lifetime.

Focus on sustainability to create smart solutions for a green world

Samsung SDI is the first South Korean company selected by DJSI (Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes) for nine consecutive years by 2012. With an environmental management system based on ISO 14001 and environmental-related investments of KRW 38 billion ($34 million) in 2012 alone, Samsung SDI is setting the industry benchmark. The company also spearheads the efforts to enhance energy efficiency and to reduce GHG emissions, with its Low Carbon and Clean Energy Management.

Samsung SDI and its suppliers are following EICC (Electronic Industry Code of Conduct) for social responsibility. For example, Samsung SDI banned any kind of child labor or conflict minerals from countries with armed conflict and human rights abuses.

In addition, Samsung SDI is conducting life cycle assessments of its automotive battery cells to understand and reduce the carbon footprint of its products. For example, the Korean Society for Life Cycle Assessment performed a complete analysis and verification of Samsung SDI’s 60Ah battery cells (including obtaining and processing raw materials) which is in accordance with ISO 14044:2006 and ISO S 14067:2013. With such activities, Samsung SDI proactively supports global automakers goals to introduce vehicles with low environmental impact during the complete lifecycle.

Source; Samsung SDI