From the extraction of resources to the production of the finished battery cell, Blackstone Resources bundles the value chain from a single source. We offer a direct involvement in the battery technology revolution. We started in 1995..
Founding of Blackstone Resources AG
Blackstone Resources on the SIX, Founding of Blackstone Technology GmbH
Our German subsidiary, Blackstone Technology GmbH, was founded in the same year after Blackstone Resources successfully carried out the preliminary work since 2017. The company has invested heavily in the research and development of new battery technologies. The strategic location at the site in Saxony offers access to a distinctive research landscape, to high-tech mechanical engineering companies and many strategic customers such as the automotive industry.
Award for long-term value chain
Production of the world's first functional full cells with thick, printed electrodes & proof of concept
In September 2020, Blackstone is investing in the next generation of battery technology through its German subsidiary, Blackstone Technology GmbH. These include patent-pending 3D printing techniques and research into mass-producing batteries that have been shown to offer higher energy densities and higher cycle counts.
Another important milestone in the same year and the basis for our current development lead: In 2020 we were able to complete the proof of concept for the production and technical applicability of our pouch cells and solid-state cells. The validation of all critical requirements for our battery technology enabled us to set up our Blackstone Technology production line in Döbeln in the same year.
Operating license in Döbeln and Blackstone Thick Layer Technology ©
In July 2021, Blackstone Technology GmbH received the official operating license from the authorities in Döbeln to start the production of 3D printed Li-ion battery cells. Shortly thereafter, the Saxon Development Bank (SAB) approved funding for the investments.
On December 7th, 2021, Blackstone Technology presented its new battery cells at a large press conference with the well-known moderator Peter Schwierz. These are the first lithium-ion batteries to be industrially manufactured in Germany. They are mass-produced using a state-of-the-art 3D screen printing process and have numerous technical advantages. These include a particularly high energy density and a sustainably reduced consumption of resources in the production process. This technology gives us a significant degree of flexibility in the shape and size of our batteries. At the same time, environmental influences are reduced and toxic solvents avoided.
In December 2021, one of our partners presented its first commercial vehicle, which is expected to be powered by 3D-printed batteries from Blackstone by the end of 2022. It should benefit from the increased energy density, the great flexibility of shape and the environmentally friendly ecological balance of our cells. A hydrogen-powered truck, which will also use Blackstone energy cells, is also in the pipeline.
Also in 2021, we developed the next generation of batteries and a manufacturing process for our first 50 MWh small series production. With our new production line at the Blackstone Technology GmbH site, we have been manufacturing pouch cells with Blackstone Thick Layer Technology © in a new 3D screen printing process since the end of 2021.
Our current development program, further growth in Döbeln
Our production plant in Döbeln is also about to be expanded: Production, office and storage areas are currently located there on more than 8,500 m². The cornerstone for further growth was laid in January 2022 with the purchase of a further 16,500 m²: The current production capacity is to be increased from 50 MWh to 500 MWh in 2022. In the long term (until 2023/24) 5 GWh are planned.