Blackstone Technology has unveiled a new procedure that
promises to dramatically reduce costs and increase efficiency in
lithium-ion battery production.
BERLIN, Dec. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- At the official
unveiling ceremony in the eastern town of Döbeln, Blackstone - the
German subsidiary of Swiss conglomerate Blackstone Resources – said
that 3D printing of electrodes and separators for electric vehicle
batteries would bring a number of advantages.
According to the company, the batteries' energy storage layers
can be made thicker, increasing energy density by 20 percent.
Battery sizes can be tailored to customers' individual needs,
saving up to 15 percent in space and reducing the amount of raw
materials needed. The process also consumes 23 percent less energy,
is environmental friendly and reduces waste by 50 percent.
"3D printing in Germany is
becoming more industrial and mass-production-oriented," says
Max Milbredt, additive manufacturing
expert at Germany Trade & Invest. "Blackstone in the eastern
regional state of Saxony is part of the trend in the very
important, future-oriented sector of battery production. The
improvements described indicate the reasons why 3D printing is
increasingly breaking through: material efficiency, production
flexibility and cost reduction. Germany is a world leader in industrial 3D
printing and has a great customer base for this sort of technology,
so hopefully we'll see more developments of this kind, particularly
in the automotive industry and its suppliers."
Blackstone Technology says it has received confirmation of
EUR 5,721,000 in support for
2022-2024 from the regional state of Saxony's business development
bank SAB. 14 employees currently work in Döbeln, with that number
set to rise to 38 by next year.
"The example of 3D-printed batteries shows that it pays for
businesses involved in the future of industry to expand to
Germany, which is the world's
practical laboratory for additive manufacturing," says Milbredt.
"That's because of the country's large economic base, well-educated
labor pool, excellent logistics and attractive state support
Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the economic promotion
agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. GTAI supports German companies
setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists
foreign companies setting up shop in Germany.
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Germany Trade & Invest
+49 30 2000 99 170
SOURCE Germany Trade & Invest