Finalists Selected for LG Energy Solution’s Future Battery Challenge

South Korean battery company LG Energy Solution announced its “LGES Battery Challenge 2022,” a battery start-up competition geared toward open innovation, has come to a successful close.

Last October, at the start of the competition, 117 start-ups from 23 countries, including the US, South Korea, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and India, submitted their applications.

The proposals came from various fields, such as next-generation battery materials, battery management systems (BMS), battery recycling and reuse, battery maintenance, and smart factory technologies.

Through a meticulous evaluation process, LGES has chosen ten finalists with proposals to advance technologies in battery materials, battery cells and packs, and BMS.

The finalists will be entitled to cash rewards, potential opportunities to collaborate with LGES on a proof-of-concept pilot project, and further investment opportunities.

This marks the third time LGES hosting the competition, and while the majority of the proposals were on battery material technologies, “LGES Battery Challenge 2022” saw a meaningful increase in the proposals related to LGES’s new business areas, including BMS technologies incorporated with digital transformation (DX) using artificial intelligence and machine learning, battery swapping stations (BSS), energy management system (EMS), and power trading platforms.

“As a front-runner in the fast-growing battery industry, it is imperative that we secure leadership in future battery technologies as well,” said Sungrok Bang, Research Fellow at LG Energy Solution. “We will continue on with a variety of open innovation programs to advance our technological competitiveness in the battery field.”

The competition is seen as an integral part of the company’s actions to pioneer future battery technologies.