Sakuú Corporation, San Jose, California, USA, has announced the commencement of a pilot facility which will produce up to 2.5 MWh of solid-state batteries per year. The facility will also serve as a customer learning centre for its Additive Manufacturing platform. Sakuú is developing technology to produce solid-state batteries that will be up to 50% smaller and 30% lighter than today’s lithium-ion batteries and less expensive to produce in high volume.
The corporation has collaborated with Relevant Industrial and Honeywell Process Solutions to aid in the design and development of Sakuú’s pilot facility to produce solid-state batteries. This pilot facility will demonstrate the viability of the battery manufacturing process and enable Sakuú to deliver sample products to its early-access strategic partners. Relevant and Honeywell will provide engineering, process design, systems integration, and process manufacturing expertise to efficiently build the factory.
Relevant and Honeywell will aid in the process design by taking Sakuu’s proprietary technology and scaling up the lab environment into a fully functioning pilot manufacturing plant. The second phase is expected to follow in 2022, utilising a range of Sakuú AM Platforms to mass produce up to 1 gWh of solid state batteries per year.
“Relevant is excited to be part of this groundbreaking project,” stated John Carte, CEO, Relevant Industrial. “Combining Sakuú’s advanced technology with our experience in engineering, design and systems integration using Honeywell’s leading automation technologies, provides a unique opportunity to shape the future of manufacturing. We appreciate Sakuú’s confidence in Relevant and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”
Robert Bagheri, CEO and founder, Sakuú Corporation commented, “This is an important milestone for Sakuú. Our SSB technology development has progressed to the level where we have decided to move ahead with our plan to construct and operate a pilot facility. With the assistance of our key development partners, Relevant Industrial and Honeywell Process Solutions, the facility will be operational by end of 2021. This facility will enable us to provide our strategic customers and early access partners with solid-state batteries for their own development and testing.”