Battery bods Sakti3 hoover up $15m from power-hungry Dyson

All the better for future portable suckers

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Dyson has pumped $15m (£10m) into US solid-state battery start-up Sakti3 as part of its plans to invest £1.5bn into "future technologies".

Last year Dyson said it wanted to branch into four new portfolios of technology over the next four years.

James Dyson, founder and chief engineer, said: “Sakti3 has achieved leaps in performance which current battery technology simply can’t. It’s these fundamental technologies – batteries [and] motors – that allow machines to work properly."

He said the technology has the potential for "exponential performance" that will "supercharge the Dyson machines we know today".

The funding forms part of a $20m (£13.5) investment round by Dyson to commercialise Sakti3’s solid-state technology, integrating it into future Dyson machines.

Ann Marie Sastry, founder of Sakti3, said Dyson's engineering expertise will help her company "scale up" its ideas to "commercial reality", adding: "Together we will enable some very transformative products.”

Sakti3 wants to use the technology for electric vehicles, the storage of renewable power, the miniaturisation of technology, and "entirely new" applications.

Dyson has 2,000 scientists and engineers. The company holds 3,000 patents for more than 500 inventions. ®

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