Skeleton and Siemens partner to produce supercapacitors

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Skeleton Technologies and Siemens have agreed a technology partnership that will see them develop, plan and implement a fully automated, digital manufacturing technology for the production of supercapacitors.

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 percent within the five-year project.

The collaboration will digitalise Skeleton's entire value chain – from supercapacitor cell design to production and services – and expand to the production of next-generation supercapacitors.

Siemens will support 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 and help to reduce CO2 emissions and save energy. With the use of patented "curved graphene" material, Skeleton's supercapacitors offer the highest power density on the market, 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.

"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.

The new factory is scheduled to start production in 2024 and will produce up to twelve million cells a year. It will be built in two phases, with the second one to be completed in 2025. The factory will have forty times more output than Skeleton’s current production site in Großröhrsdorf.

"With our holistic automation and digitalisation portfolio, we can use the appropriate tools and our industrial know-how together with Skeleton, from greenfield planning to factory simulation and optimised high-end production, to realise a highly efficient, fully automated production line that is unique in the world," stated Guido Feind, Head of Siemens Digital Industries Germany.

Commenting Dr. Linus Froböse, Chief Operating Officer of Skeleton Technologies, said, "This ramp-up will allow us to meet market demand for our next-generation products and make our new factory the largest and most modern supercapacitor factory in Europe."

“Skeleton and Siemens both believe that the global economy is undergoing structural changes in some of the largest CO2 emission sources such as power generation, transport and industry. Supercapacitors are a key element in drastically reducing emissions in these sectors. In the field of energy storage and saving, technology and innovation play a crucial role in enabling the global economy to achieve climate goals" added Taavi Madiberk.