Sakuu, the developer of the Swift Print solid-state battery technology (previous message), Between in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with LiCAP Technologies, a provider of durable and scalable electrode coating solutions. Under the MOU, the two companies will partner to establish best practices for the end-to-end development and reliable commercial supply of high-end electrodes for additively manufactured solid-state battery technology. (AM) of Sakuu.
LICAP Technologies’ patented activated dry electrode process offers significant advantages over the traditional wet electrode process. LiCAP first processes a mixture of battery materials and adds a proprietary compound to activate the formulation. The mixture is then introduced into special equipment designed by LiCAP engineers. The result is a self-contained electrode film that can be laminated to current collector foil using high-speed production equipment.
There is no need for drying ovens or solvent recovery systems. Any scraps or excess electrode film can be 100% recycled, eliminating costly waste disposal operations. The activated dry electrode process is independent of technology.
Through this partnership, Sakuu plans to license LiCAP’s innovative and proprietary battery electrode technology. In addition, LiCAP plans to provide high-performance electrodes for Sakuu’s large-scale solid-state battery production needs and co-develop Sakuu’s next-generation ultra-high energy density batteries.
LiCAP’s new electrode solution is expected to become an important component of Sakuu’s AM-produced battery line. Sakuu is developing cost-effective and safe ultra-high energy density solid-state batteries that can be printed in custom shapes and sizes and are expected to be 50% smaller and 30% lighter compared to roll-to manufacturing processes -roll established.
Manufacturing scalability is widely considered to be one of the biggest challenges facing solid-state battery developers today. Sakuu’s safe, economical and ultra-high energy density solid-state batteries, which could be printed in custom shapes and sizes, introduce a new paradigm in the energy storage space.
Sakuu batteries will be produced by Sakuu’s Kavian platform (previous message) in gigafactory environments, enabling rapid, additively manufactured, high-volume, low-cost, and durable battery production to meet mass market demand. Sakuu operates two facilities in Silicon Valley, California, where it is headquartered: a solid state battery pilot line facility and a battery printing and engineering facility.