Skeleton Technologies, Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-performance ultracapacitors for transportation, industrial and grid applications, has today completed Series B financing of €9.8 million ($10.7 million) from a consortium led by a strategic investor in the electrical equipment sector. The round has been led by NASDAQ OMX Tallinn noted Harju Elekter Group (HAE1T), which owns electrical equipment manufacturing plants in the Nordic-Baltic markets, and UP Invest, one of largest investment firms in the Baltic region.
Skeleton Technologies plans to use the funds for ramping up production of their graphene-based ultracapacitors to meet the strong demand for electrical engineering applications from a growing customer base, including hybrid truck manufacturers, Tier 1 automotives and grid-scale energy storage companies. Last month, Skeleton Technologies announced a deal with the European Space Agency to send ultracapacitors into orbit for the first time in the European programme.
Ultracapacitors are energy storage devices with much higher power and longer life cycles than batteries. The technology excels in capturing and releasing vast amounts of power in a short time frame. They can deliver over 1 million life cycles and recharge in less than a few seconds. Leading industry analysts predict that the ultracapacitor market for electrical engineering will generate $3.5 billion in revenue in 2020.
“Series B financing allows us to bring our graphene-based ultracapacitors to our increasing customer base. We are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the growing market opportunity, especially in Europe where the only other manufacturer is Bolloré Group-backed Blue Solutions (BLUE.PA),” explained Skeleton Technologies CEO Taavi Madiberk.
“Elon Musk has predicted that ultracapacitors will be the future for electric vehicles, replacing batteries in the longer term. We will fulfill that prediction, starting with doubling the energy density of our current products to lead acid battery levels of 20 Wh/kg by 2017.”
Harju Elekter Group CEO, Andrus Allikmäe, explains: “We are convinced that ultracapacitor-based solutions will increasingly be used in electrotechnical and manufacturing automation applications for energy storage, control and high-power fast switching. Our participation in this field gives us the ability to cooperate in potential future applications and also creates a synergy in participating in the development of ultracapacitor modules.”
Skeleton Technologies is the only manufacturer to use graphene in their ultracapacitor cells. The company uses a patented material synthesised from inorganic compounds that has curved graphene layers allowing for better conductivity and higher surface area. This material has allowed the young company to quickly achieve breakthroughs in product performance, delivering twice the energy density and 5 times the power density of competitors’ products.
Based in Estonia and Germany, Skeleton Technologies currently has 42 employees and plans to increase the headcount with a focus on expanding the mid-scale Estonian manufacturing facilities and acceleration plans for mass manufacturing in Saxony, Germany. Skeleton Technologies has now raised a total of €13.7 million.
Skeleton Technologies is Europe’s leading manufacturer of ultracapacitors. We deliver high power, high energy, reliable and long-life storage solutions across the industry. Through the use of patented nanoporous carbide-derived carbon, or ‘curved graphene’, we have achieved global breakthroughs in ultracapacitor performance. Our ultracapacitors deliver twice the energy density and 5 times the power density offered by other manufacturers. Our SkelCap series was launched in 2012 and has gained considerable interest in the motorsport, automotive and aerospace sectors, among others. Our current customer base includes global engineering companies, the European Space Agency and several Tier 1 automotive manufacturers. The company has two subsidiaries: Skeleton Technologies GmbH located in Bautzen, Germany, which deals with manufacturing and sales; and Skeleton Technologies OÜ, located near Tallinn, Estonia, which handles R&D and pilot production.
Harju Elekter is the leading MV/LV electrical and engineering devices producer in the Baltic States as well as well-known and respected company in Scandinavia. Harju Elekter Group includes manufacturers of electrical equipment in Estonia, Finland and Lithuania: AS Harju Elekter Elektrotehnika (100%), Satmatic Oy (100%), Finnkumu Oy (100%) and Rifas UAB (100%), as well as the telecommunications products manufacturer AS Harju Elekter Teletehnika (100%) in Estonia. In addition, AS Harju Elekter has financial investments in the Latvian electrical equipment sales company SIA Energokomplekss (14%) and in the Finnish publicly listed company PKC Group Oyj (5%). http://www.harjuelekter.ee/en