Ultracapacitor maker Skeleton Technologies has teamed with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to complete the development of the SuperBattery, a groundbreaking graphene battery with a 15-second charging time.
The fast charging time coupled with hundreds of thousands of charging cycles will help to reduce the strain on lithium-ion battery packs, and will be used alongside those packs.
The key differentiator for the SuperBattery is Skeleton’s patented Curved Graphene carbon material, supported by EIT InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe which is also the first backer of Northvolt, the Swedish battery manufacturer.
“Cooperation between European energy storage companies is key for the EU to be a global leader in energy storage,” said Taavi Madiberk, CEO of Skeleton Technologies. “We are delighted to have signed the SuperBattery development deal with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and combine forces to bring to market a technology that will blow existing EV charging solutions out of the water.”
”We see Skeleton as a perfect match which fits for our purpose. Skeleton is both flexible and big enough to develop a new process, transfer our knowledge into a product and bring it to the market,” said Maximilian Fichtner, Research Unit leader at the KIT and director at the Helmholtz-Institute Ulm.
“The SuperBattery is a game changer for the automotive industry. Together with Li-ion batteries, they have it all: high energy and power density, long lifetime, and 15-second charging time,” Taavi Madiberk adds.
Skeleton Technologies has also signed a €1bn Letter of Intent with a leading automotive OEM to bring the technology to the market.
The company, which has R&D based in Tallinn, Estonia, currently builds its graphene-based ultracapacitors in Germany for Tier One automotive firms and industrial equipment OEMs to truck fleet operators and aerospace prime contractors.
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