This collaborative effort between Hyundai and SNU aims to advance battery technologies and foster industry-academia cooperation to establish global leadership in the battery field


Hyundai Motor Group and Seoul National University Open Joint Battery Research Centre

The company says that the Joint Research Battery Centre will not only focus on theoretical research, but also research and development that considers mass production.

There are 21 planned joint research projects that will be carried out across four divisions covering lithium metal batteries, solid-state batteries, battery management systems and battery process technology. Of these, 14 research projects will focus on lithium metal and solid-state battery technologies.

In these two areas the research will focus on high-durability lithium-electrolyte material element technology and shape analysis to minimise deterioration for lithium metal batteries, while for solid-state batteries the research will concentrate on sulphide-based anode materials, electrode/electrolyte coating methods and ultra-high energy density cathode active materials. The teams working on these projects will include experts from Hyundai and Kia to support closer collaboration and communication.

To enable any research results to be quickly applied to products, the new centre will feature the same level of research infrastructure as the state-of-the-art equipment applied to the Hyundai Motor and Kia R&D centres, such as precision battery analysis equipment, high-precision rheometers, cell manufacturing equipment, and impedance measuring devices.

Hyundai notes that the centre will occupy a dedicated space within the expanded Institute of Chemical Processes of Seoul National University with seven laboratories and conference rooms for battery development, analysis, measurement, and process. The OEM says it will invest over KRW 30 billion (US$23m) by 2030 to facilitate research at the new Joint Battery Research Centre.