Panasonic Plans Lithium-Ion Storage Cell for Home Use
By December 25th, 2009Friday, December 25, 2009 7:52 on
Panasonic Corp. in collaboration with Sanyo Electric Co., plans to develop a lithium-ion storage cell for home use until 2011. “We’ll be the first to bring to the market a storage battery for home use, which can store sufficient electricity for about one week of use,” said Fumio Otsubo, president of Panasonic, in a recent interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun.
A few days ago, Panasonic announced it has officially acquired more than 50 percent stake in Sanyo. Stressing that Sanyo and Panasonic have already test-manufactured a storage battery for home use, Otsubo said, “We’re positioned closest to realizing CO2 emission-free daily life.”
By making Sanyo its subsidiary, Panasonic wants to accelerate the development of the storage battery, while planning to sell it together with a system that will enable households to check electricity usage on a TV display.
Solar-powered batteries for fuel cells and home use can produce power but cannot store electric energy, making the development of a storage battery an urgent task for related businesses. “As we now have such power-generating products as solar power and fuel cells, there’ll be an opportunity to create a bigger business…In the area of automobile cells, we can deal with all kinds of eco-friendly cars such as hybrid cars or electric vehicles,” Otsubo said, emphasizing the synergistic effect of tying-up with Sanyo.
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