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Max Planck Institute start-up develops advanced battery technology

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 16th, 2022

A start-up from the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Germany aims to commercialize a technology that could make batteries safer, more efficient, and with a higher capacity for energy storage.

Batene GmbH has developed a method for producing ultra-fine metal fleeces that can serve as current collectors in batteries to increase their power.

“The metallic nonwovens meet the demand for lighter batteries with high energy density, faster charging rates, prolonged battery runtimes and a longer lifespan,” says Martin Möller, managing director of Batene GmbH. “In addition, natural resources are conserved through significantly reduced material consumption and an extremely energy-saving manufacturing process. All of this helps society in the transformation away from fossil fuels to a CO2-free economy.”

Batene GmbH has licensed the metal fleece technology through Max Planck Innovation, the tech transfer company of the Max Planck Society. The start-up’s next move is to build up a larger production capacity and further develop the technology.

“Batene GmbH’s new technology has significant commercial potential, as the demand for batteries will continue to grow strongly in the coming years and battery manufacturers are therefore looking for new, more efficient technologies,” says Bernd Ctortecka, patent and licensing manager at Max Planck Innovation. “In addition, the metallic fleece can also be used in many other technical fields, including filtration, electromagnetic shielding, and catalysis.”

Source: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

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