British inventor and industrial designer James Dyson is investing $15 million into new battery technology.
The money is being invested in an American company called Sakti3.
Sakti3 develops solid state battery technology that has much higher energy density than lithium ion batteries.
The founder of the Dyson company is optimistic about the commercialization of Sakti3’s solid-state batteries and plans on integrating them into Dyson machines.
“Sakti3 has achieved leaps in performance which current battery technology simply can’t,” Dyson said in a statement.
“It’s these fundamental technologies—batteries, motors—that allow machines to work properly.”
“The Sakti3 team has amazing ambitions and their platform offers the potential for exponential performance gains that will supercharge the Dyson machines we know today.”
Solid-state batteries are also believed to have the potential of being cheaper to manufacture, more reliable, and longer lasting than liquid lithium-ion batteries.
According to Sakti3m, its prototype solid-state battery cells have the highest energy density of any battery—more than 1100 Wh/l.
Dyson has the capability of making the batteries a commercial reality
Sakti3 chief Ann Marie Sastry said:
“It was quite an honor for us to be approached by Dyson, precisely because they wanted what we did—much, much better batteries,”
“The truth is, there is a great deal of knowledge and passion on both sides, and Dyson’s engineering team has the capability and the track record to scale up new ideas and make them a commercial reality,”
“Together we will enable some very trasformative products.”