Dyson Putting $15 Million Into Solid State Battery Developer Sakti3

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The British technology company Dyson is investing $15 million into the Michigan-based solid state battery developer Sakti3, according to recent reports.

Considering the technology that Dyson is best known for — vacuums — I’m going to take a guess here and say that that’s where the company’s interest in new battery technologies is coming from. I could be wrong though — perhaps it just looks like a good bet?

Considering that solid state batteries possess a theoretically much higher energy density ceiling — owing to the use of solid lithium electrodes rather than liquid Li-ion — Sakti3’s approach to energy storage certainly is interesting. There are some interesting possibilities there for sure — ones that go beyond cordless vacuum cleaners that don’t need to be charged very often. We’ve covered Sakti3 over the past year due to its potential for disrupting the electric vehicle battery market. But that will reportedly take longer than getting the tech into smaller consumer electronics (watch the video in the article linked above for more on that).

Perhaps all the jokes about Dyson’s vacuum cleaners being higher tech than many cars has some truth to it? Or maybe the company will pull a play out of Apple’s book get into the electric car market. 🙂

I suppose that there are other more likely possibilities, though — anything from home electronics, to cleaning equipment, to power tools, really.

It’s not immediately clear what Sakti3 will be doing with the new capital, but it should presumably help the company bring its technology closer to commercial applicability.

Image Credit: Dyson


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