Skeleton Technologies and Siemens have agreed on a technology partnership for the development, planning and implementation of a fully automated, digital-manufacturing technology for the production of supercapacitors in Germany. The production line is to be used in a new Skeleton factory in Markranstädt, Leipzig and will help to reduce production costs by around 90% within the five-year project, they claim.
The collaboration aims to achieve the digitization of Skeleton’s entire value chain—from supercapacitor cell design to production and services—and expand to the production of next-generation supercapacitors. Siemens supports this with its Digital Enterprise portfolio as well as domain know-how in the area of industrial battery-cell production. Furthermore, it is planned to further expand the business relations between the two companies.
Skeleton’s supercapacitors are used in automotive, transport, grid and industrial applications to reduce CO2 emissions and save energy. With the use of patented “curved graphene” material, Skeleton’s supercapacitors promise almost instant charging and discharging, high reliability, and very long lifetimes. They contribute to improving power quality and protecting equipment and infrastructure by lowering the power fluctuation, and to powering electrification, their maker notes. “Supercapacitors are a key element in dramatically reducing emissions in the power generation, transportation and industrial sectors,” explained Taavi Madiberk, CEO, and co-founder of Skeleton Technologies.