3D printed battery maker Sakuu has appointed the consultancy arm of European car maker Porsche to lead all aspects of design for its global gigafactories.
The deal with Porsche Consulting aims to secure designs for gigafactories for Sakuu to meet its 2030 annual energy output goal of 200GWh across its developing energy storage product line.
Porsche Consulting’s expertise in large-scale factory design, particularly in the automotive sector, will enable Sakuu gigafactories to build sustainable design with manufacturing efficiencies that can be replicated efficiently across locations around the globe.
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Sakuu’s first plant design will accommodate roll-to-roll manufacturing for its line of safe, high energy density lithium-metal batteries, followed by a series of plants using 3D printing of solid state batteries, These will use Sakuu’s Kavian platform solution to produce its Swift Print solid-state battery line using multi-material additive manufacturing.
“We’re thrilled to become an integral part of Sakuu’s journey as it embarks on building gigafactories that break all norms in commercial-scale energy manufacturing,” said Gregor Harman, CEO of Porsche Consulting, North America. “Their seminal and scalable additive manufacturing approach can bring incredible innovation to major industries transitioning to new energy solutions— automotive and beyond.”
“With respect for its deep expertise in automotive plant ideation and execution, we ultimately selected Porsche Consulting due to our belief that its team exhibits mastery in designing large-scale manufacturing plants—start to finish,” said Robert Bagheri, Founder and CEO at Sakuu. “We look forward to breaking ground on our first gigafactory with Porsche Consulting’s contributions and support.”
Sakuu operates two facilities in Silicon Valley, California, where it is headquartered: a solid-state battery pilot line facility, and a client demo centre, battery printing and additive manufacturing engineering facility.
Porsche Consulting was formed in 1994 from the auto maker’s internal consulting unit, and works with clients in automotive, aerospace, and transportation. It has 840 employees across a dozen locations in Germany, France, Italy, the US, Brazil and China.
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