Hsinchu, Taiwan – Taiwan has established a consortium for lithium battery safety based on the use of a protective material that prevents short circuiting or chemical reaction in the case of overheating or damage. Called STOBA (Self Terminated Olygomers with hyper-branched Architecture), the film is a nano-grade high-molecular material that forms a protective film when added to a lithium-ion battery.

The High Safety Lithium Battery STOBA Consortium is intended to drive the development of Taiwan’s battery industry in the emerging electric vehicle market in the hopes that Taiwan will become one of the top three lithium battery producers in the world.

STOBA was established by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). Dr. Johnsee Lee, president of ITRI, said that the Taiwan government has been actively promoting green policies, and in order to speed the transformation and upgrade of the local industry to boost competitiveness, ITRI has placed electric lithium batteries on the list of key green energy R&D projects. The global production value of electric vehicles and lithium batteries is forecast to reach at least US$45 billion by 2020.

Mass production of high safety lithium STOBA vehicle batteries is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2010. Nearly 20 companies have joined the consortium, and material manufacturer A123 System and battery maker Panasonic have inquired about possible cooperation.

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