Vision of 3D printed batteries
Solving a global problem
Photocentric is now focussing their research team on the issue of improving energy storage- one of the most important issues to face the Earth today.
Using our novel additive manufacturing techniques
It is hoped that this technology will enable orders of magnitude improvements in battery performance and be used in a future Giga factory based in the UK. We are using our novel visible light polymerisation in combination with our LCD screen-based 3D printers to enable the low-cost mass manufacture of batteries and have several patents filed in this area.
Increase energy density
Batteries currently used in the automotive industry are large, heavy and not optimised for their intended application, with vehicle design ultimately dictated by battery availability. Photocentric intends to 3D print battery electrodes and using the freedom of geometry that the process provides, intends to deliver significant improvements in battery manufacture. Dr Sarah Karmel, Head of R&D Chemistry at Photocentric commented “currently, electric vehicles are made to fit around the battery module, we want to create customised batteries that fit the vehicle”. Watch the full interview below.
We are currently leading three grant-funded projects researching into this new 3D printed battery technology, Photocentric has credible claims to have game-changing innovation in this sector. Current funded projects are provided by the Advanced Propulsion Centre under their Technology Developer Programme (TDAP); Innovate with a collaborative partnership with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Johnson Matthey into 3D printed solid state batteries; and a collaboration with TWI, Addionics and The University of Leicester to manufacture 3D printed batteries.