Skeleton Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of high energy and power density ultracapacitors. The company provides green and cost-effective energy storage solutions for the automotive, transportation, industrial and renewable energy markets.
Skeleton Technologies’ SkelCap line of ultracapacitors are based on patented technologies of ultracapacitor design and advanced nanostructured carbon allowing for higher energy and power density than competitors. The company has devised a process that uses silicon carbide to make what they call "curved graphene".
Skeleton is reportedly working on increasing the manufacturing capacity for the Grossröhrsdorf production facility from half a million to about 1,000,000 supercapacitors per year in 2020. In terms of footprint, the current 3,500 square meters will be double to about 7,000 square meters by 2020.
Following the scale-up, the plan is to implement the next generation cell design, optimized for automated production and cell assembly. Further automation enables scaling up production capacity to 4,000,000 cells in the first phase, and ultimately to 10,000,000 supercapacitors to meet demand from automotive, grid, and transportation.
In 2020 Skeleton Technologies raised €41.3 million ($48.5 million) in Series D financing round, bringing its total capital raised to over $109 million.
In September 2020 it was reported that Skeleton Technologies is developing a graphene-enhanced “SuperBattery”, and that company signed a €1 billion letter of intent with a leading automotive manufacturer to bring the technology to market, most likely in 2023.
In August 2015, Skeleton entered the commercial truck fleet market when it launched a graphene-based device that helps truck drivers start their engines after long periods of inactivity or in cold weather. In July 2016, Skeleton Technologies announced that it will join French firm Flying Whales’ programme to build a 60-ton Large Capacity Airship, or LCA60T, for the global transport market. In 2020 Skeleton signed a large-scale contract with Medcom to deploy its supercapacitors for Warsaw's Tram network.
In 2019 Skeleton Technologies stated its plan to invest €25 million in its plant located in the German state of Saxony. With this investment, Skeleton aims to expand its research and development as well as scale its production.
The latest Skeleton Technologies graphene news:
Estonia-based Skeleton Technologies has announced that it is building Europe’s largest supercapacitor production facility in Saxony with the support of Siemens. Skeleton Technologies is investing 220 million euros in the new production facility in Markranstädt, near Leipzig in Saxony.
According to the company, 100 million euros will be invested in production and 120 million euros in development and research as well as in a future ramp-up of production. In the future, 12 million supercapacitors are to be manufactured annually in Markranstädt. The start of production is planned for 2024.
Skeleton Technologies and ZPUE, the largest manufacturer of electrical devices for electrical power distribution utilities in Poland, have entered into a commercial agreement to provide energy storage solutions to the Polish market.
The two companies signed a Letter of Intent under which Skeleton should supply supercapacitors for rail wayside storage at 200 MW per year from 2023 to 2025.
Skeleton Technologies has announced its Round D3 with 37.6 million euros of equity investments. The Round was led by Taavet Hinrikus, from Taavet+Sten with Nidoco AB, EIT Innoenergy, Bengt Wahlqvist, co-founder of battery charging specialist CTEK, a group of founding team members of Adyen and others joining.
The investments will be aimed at further scale-up of supercapacitor production in Saxony, Germany, to meet customer demand and continuing the development of supercapacitor and curved graphene technology in new battery products.
Germany-based Skeleton Technologies has been on the forefront of graphene-based supercapacitors development for many years, and the company recently made some major announcements, including a large (>€70 million) financing round, the super-battery project and several strategic customers and projects - including ones with Medcom, Skoda, CAF, Wrightbus and Marubeni.
We recently talked with Skeleton's VP of automotive products, Sebastian Pohlmann, who updated us on the company's business and technology.
Skeleton Technologies has signed a contract with CAF Power & Automation, a global manufacturer of electric power solutions for the rail industry, to supply supercapacitors in trams powered by CAF P&A’s OESS-s (On Board Energy Storage Systems).
Skeleton’s cells will reportedly be included in Greentech OESS portfolio already used by some of the leading railway companies worldwide to offer cutting edge solutions to energy recovery, peak shaving and catenary-free applications.