In recent decades, global progress in supercapacitor performance has been steady yet limited, with only minor enhancements achieved through engineering. A substantial breakthrough in our technology is the development of Curved Graphene (CG), a proprietary active material that elevates supercapacitor performance with an increase in energy density of up to 72%. Graphene, a flat layer of carbon atoms, differs from Curved Graphene, which resembles a crumpled sheet of paper with more exposed surfaces and edges, allowing for increased energy storage.
Crucially, the production of Curved Graphene, undertaken by our subsidiary Skeleton Materials at the Bitterfeld-Wolfen chemical park in Germany, avoids the use of mined or rare earth metals. This approach not only makes CG a sustainable energy storage option but also leverages materials that are readily available in Europe, significantly contributing to the continent's strategic autonomy in critical technologies.
Embracing a fully European value chain is vital for diminishing our reliance on non-local metals, thus playing a crucial role in the EU’s ambitious transition away from oil and coal. Curved Graphene is instrumental in reducing Europe's dependence on lithium, cobalt, and nickel by either prolonging the lifespan of batteries, including Lithium-Ion batteries, or potentially replacing them entirely.
While high power energy storage is still a relatively niche segment compared to high-energy electrochemical storage like lithium-ion batteries, the implementation of CG technology is a game-changer. It enables the conservation of energy that would have otherwise been lost and is pivotal in electrifying sectors with high power demands. This innovation will facilitate the green transition across diverse applications, from trucks and medical equipment to grid stabilization.