Blackstone Plans 3-D Printing of Battery Cells
Blackstone Resources has developed a production technology to additively manufacture battery cells and solid-state batteries. The process has now been validated with a simulation.
Swiss company Blackstone Resources has announced the validation of 3-D printing of battery cells and solid-state batteries using Artificial Intelligence (AI). For this purpose, a complex production simulation was carried out at the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). According to the manufacturer, the patented three-dimensional printing of batteries is just as suitable for the production of liquid electrolyte batteries as it is for solid-state batteries. Blackstone Thick Layer Technology is said to be able to print pouch cells, which enables 20 % higher energy density in lithium-ion cells.
In addition, the production method is also expected to significantly reduce costs, for example by saving material costs through better utilization of inactive materials (fewer collector foils and separators). Automated battery production is also more environmentally friendly: “By eliminating long drying lines and toxic solvents, we can sustainably reduce energy consumption in electrode production,” explains Serhat Yilmaz, Chief Marketing Officer of Blackstone Resources AG. The company is currently setting up a production line for 3-D printed batteries in Döbeln (Germany). For this purpose, an AI was developed with the company Symate, which will be integrated into the production of printed electrodes and battery cells.