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Germany backs Skeleton’s development of advanced ultracapacitor production technology

Skeleton Technologies—the largest European manufacturer of ultracapacitors—unveiled its plans to develop first-of-its-kind production technology for manufacturing its ultracapacitors, following the official support announced by German authorities in January. These plans include a fully-automated ultracapacitor production line in its Großröhrsdorf factory—a first in the industry.

The economies of scale provided by this new technology, combined with the use of Skeleton’s patented “curved graphene” material, will drive down production costs, boosting the competitiveness of ultracapacitors as a key enabling technology for the future of transportation and electrification.

We are continuously investing in R&D – whether it is improving the performance of our products or the process in which we make those products. The next stage of our production will see an implementation of fully automated Industry 4.0 manufacturing techniques – a first-of-its-kind in the ultracapacitor industry. Coupled with our curved graphene material, we are able to dramatically decrease the cost of ultracapacitors. The ultracapacitor industry is in the same situation as lithium-ion batteries were in 1999, but our advancements in core technology and production capabilities will be able to show a cost reduction faster than for any other energy storage technology. We have a clear road map to lower it by almost 90% after completion of our 5 years project.

—Taavi Madiberk, CEO and co-founder of Skeleton Technologies

Skeleton’s patented “curved graphene” enables an increase energy density of nearly three-fold for the same cost.

Skeleton’s new development plans will receive direct funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Free State of Saxony under the “European Battery Innovation - EuBatIn” IPCEI framework.


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