FDK and Asahi Kasei established a joint-venture company for their combined business operations related to the lithium ion capacitor (LIC), a next-generation energy storage device. The new joint venture, Asahi Kasei FDK Energy Device Co., Ltd.,will be focused on accelerating the development of the LIC market by combining the technologies of the two companies. (Earlier post.)
Lithium-ion capacitors improve on the energy density and voltage of conventional electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) by using a lithium-ion pre-doping technique to increase the capacity and lower the potential of the anode, as well as a lithium electrolyte. LICs have higher cell capacity than conventional(EDLCs) and longer life than lithium-ion batteries (LIBs).
FDK will hold 51% of the new company, Asahi Kasei, 49%. Paid-in capital totals ¥100 million (US$1.3 million).
The new joint-venture company intends to play a leadership role in the LIC market, which is expected to grow to more than ¥100 billion from 2015 onward.