CATL to build national 'new energy lab' for batteries, solar, with Chinese Academy of Sciences

by Margaret Lau
CATL chairman Zeng Yuqun (right) and Yongfu chairman and general manager Lin Yiwen at their joint venture agreement signing ceremony. Photo: CATL
Chinese lithium-ion battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is to partner one of the country’s top research institutions in launching a national laboratory, which will expand development of "cutting edge” clean energy tech including batteries.

CATL said the lab will be built jointly with the Institute of Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Research will focus on the "technological development of high-precision equipment related to clean energy, such as lithium batteries and cutting-edge battery technology” – in addition to artificial intelligence and solar cell technology.

The lab will be built in three stages and the Institute of Physics has already started the process of recruiting up to 10 "outstanding post-doctoral researchers” from China and abroad to join the project.

CATL said the new facility will be built at the Huairou Park, in Beijing’s Huairou National Science City complex, but did not specify a construction start date or give the cost of the project.

'Sustainable development'

"The joint laboratory will be committed to solving key scientific problems and ‘technical bottlenecks’ in the field of clean energy, laying a solid foundation for the sustainable and the healthy development of our country’s new energy industry,” a CATL spokesperson said.

Separately, CATL is forming a joint venture company with China’s Yongfu Power Engineering group to focus on solar power and battery storage applications.

The companies did not disclose details of the joint venture, but Yongfu chairman, Lin Yiwen, said the goal was to "quickly seize opportunities in the new energy and energy storage market”.

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