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KIER Ulsan Branch to Be Constructed as a Hub of the Battery Industry

2017.09.26    12
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KIER Ulsan Branch to Be Constructed as a Hub of the Battery Industry
Groundbreaking Ceremony on September 22 and completion in May 2019
Expected to Function as a Center of Technology Development for Next-Generation Batteries including Secondary and Solar Batteries


The Ulsan branch of the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), a key national research institute that will lead the future of Ulsan as a "hub of the next generation battery industry," is planned to be constructed.
Ulsan Metropolitan City announced that on September 22, KIER held a groundbreaking ceremony for Ulsan Next-Generation Battery Support Center, which will be their Ulsan branch, at the Ulsan Techno General Industrial Complex on September 22.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by more than 130 officials from related organizations and local leaders including Director of KIER Gwak Byeong-seong, Ulsan Mayor Kim Gi-hyeon and Congressmen Gang Gil-bu and Lee Chae-ik. It consisted of a briefing on the branch establishment progress, commemorative speech, congratulatory address, and blasting ceremony.
The construction of the Ulsan branch will be completed in May 2019 with a total area of ​​13,165 m2 on the 32,896 m2 site in the Ulsan Techno General Industrial Complex located in Nam-gu, by investing a total amount of 48.7 billion won, including 29.8 billion won coming from the national budget and 17.9 billion won from the municipal budget.
Ulsan Branch, which will be launched as the Next-Generation Battery Support Center for research in the fields of the secondary battery, solar cell, and fuel cell battery industries, will boast a large-scale building that can accomodate over 100 professional researchers. The building will be larger than the existing branches of KIER in Gwangju, Jeju and Buan and even larger than other government-run research institutes in Ulsan.
KIER plans to expand the functions of the center so that it can create jobs by fostering the energy industry and nurturing manpower, focusing on the research and development of the next-generation battery and transferring KIER's original technologies to Ulsan's energy related companies.
The construction of KIER's Ulsan branch will enhance the R & D capability of the city's battery industry, strengthening the value chains of the battery industry cluster, which leads to battery production centered on Samsung SDI and the spread of the ESS of Korea East-West Power Company and the Korea Energy Agency.
Ulsan expects that the center will play a role as a driving force in fostering the energy industry, which will lead the future industry, as a hub of the research and development of next-generation batteries.
At the ceremony, Director of KIER Gwak Byeong-seong said, "We will do our best to help the Ulsan branch strengthen its role in fostering the energy industry as the future growth engine of Ulsan through active research and development in the next-generation battery field."
Mayor Kim said, "I will spare no administrative support so that Ulsan's battery industry infrastructure and the research capacity of KIER can create a synergistic effect and that the Ulsan battery industry cluster ecosystem can be firmly established."
Meanwhile, the Eco-Friendly Battery Fusion Demonstration Complex, which will serve as a demonstration platform for industrial hydrogen fuel cells, was also launched in October of last year and will be completed on the site next to that of the KIER Ulsan branch at the end of this year. It is expected that the two research institutes will exert a synergistic effect in the region's energy industry.
In addition, in November last year, a Battery R & D Center was completed in UNIST as the world's largest research facility except companies, involving about 100 professors and researchers in the secondary battery research and development. Also, last April, UNIST and Helmholtz Juelich, one of the three major research institutes in Germany, jointly established a future energy innovation research center.
This year, Ulsan also launched the establishment of the Secondary Battery Industry Promotion Plan led by the Ulsan Technopark to find ways to foster the local secondary battery industry ecosystem in line with the direction of the central government's energy industry policies, and discover and promote new projects. The establishment of the plan will be completed at the end of this year.
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