(EnergyAsia, February 27, Friday) — In light of Taiwan’s dominance in the global market for notebook PCs, US-based Boston-Power Inc, a globally well-known supplier of lithium rechargeable batteries, said it is going to set up an R&D centre on the island. It also plans to ally with local notebook PC manufacturers to compete against Japanese and Korean battery makers, according to Taiwanese news media CENS.

The popularity of notebook PCs and related consumer electronics, computers and communications products has fuelled the development of rechargeable batteries for mobile devices in recent years.

The global market for such batteries is estimated to be worth billions of US dollars a year.

Consumer demand for high-performance, secure and eco-friendly rechargeable lithium batteries for notebook PCs are the strongest, inspiring Boston-Power to venture into the lucrative market.

Featuring a three-year warranty, strong durability and short recharge time, Boston-Power said its notebook PC battery has been adopted by HP, the world`s largest notebook PC supplier, and piqued intense interest from Dell and Acer.

Boston-Power said its cutting-edge battery with an extra long lifespan will likely prompt Taiwanese notebook PC suppliers to redesign their products with built-in batteries.

At present, most notebook PCs are powered by embedded batteries. Hence, Boston-Power’s decision to set up an R&D centre on the island will benefit local notebook PC makers in developing such new models. Accordingly, the firm has actively moved to contact Quanta Computer Inc., Compal Electronics and Inventec Corp. for cooperation.

Boston-Power said its move to directly tap supply chains of notebook PCs will very likely break the status quo in the segment for batteries, where Japanese and Korean makers, including Panasonic, Samsung and LG, have been dominant for a long time, industry insiders indicated.