HQ: Talinn, Estonia
Production: Dresden, Germany
Financed: a.o. European Investment bank
The search for cheaper, lighter, and safer, and more efficient energy sources has been on for most of human history. And while there have been many pretenders to the throne, sometimes a group of people come along with a technology that threatens to turn the whole search on its head.
And that’s precisely what Skeleton Technologies is trying to do. The company is trying to replace batteries for a new cutting-edge technology.
Now, replacing batteries is no mean feat. Batteries have been with us for at least a century, and are basically how anything that isn’t constantly plugged into electricity works. If Skeleton Technologies is trying to replace them, they must have something that works just as well, and even better, right?
Well, that’s where it gets a little bit complicated.
In today’s video, we’ll be taking a look at Skeleton Technologies and how they plan to disrupt the energy industry. We’ll also be checking out the specifics of their tech, and will be deciding for ourselves if they can do it.
There are multiple ways to store energy. But today, we’ll be focusing on two important ones — batteries, and capacitors. There are many different kinds of batteries and they are mostly distinguished by their chemical makeup. The chemical unit is called the cell and contains three main parts; a positive terminal called the cathode, a negative terminal called the anode, and an electrolyte.
Both sides are submerged in a liquid electrolyte and are then separated by a micro-perforated separator that only allows ions to pass through. During the process of charging and discharging the battery, the ions flow back and forth between the cathode and anode. The heat generated during this process allows the battery to heat up and expand, which ends up degrading the battery.
These degradations affect the lifespan of the battery, which is the reason why batteries lose their energy storage capacity after some time.