High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in CCI – Custom Cells Itzehoe GmbH –the future of energy storage systems

August 28, 2013

Custom Cells Itzehoe GmbH (CCI) manufactures electrode foils, rechargeable accumulators and battery systems for a multitude of attractive niche markets for which there are currently no (or merely unsatisfactory) solutions. The company located in the German State of Schleswig-Holstein is now receiving fresh capital from High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) to support the continued growth of the company.

Custom Cells Itzehoe GmbH produces individual energy storage systems based on lithium accumulator technology that are strongly tailored to their specific use. This special cell construction technology makes it possible even for sophisticated niche applications such as prosthetics, weather stations, satellites, drill head sensors, unmanned underwater vehicles or concept cars to use the advantages of modern lithium battery technology. State-of-the-art coating and production systems are used to manufacture plug-in energy storage systems, but also intermediate products such as electrode foils or lithium accumulators that are sought after by system integrators or in the field of R&D. The CCI platform can also be used for future battery solutions with innovative materials.  Custom Cells Itzehoe is capable of uniquely adapting the performance features and specifications of the energy storage systems to the area of use at the chemical, cell and energy storage system level.  For example, the cells can be optimized for a high level of intrinsic safety or shock and shake resistance. CCI offers vacuum- or high pressure-tolerant cells (tested up to hydrostatic 500 bar) as well as amagnetic cells. These special battery systems are therefore particularly well suited for applications under extreme conditions in the oil and gas industry, in the field of medical technology, in the aerospace industry or for specialized measuring devices.

“Thanks to the financing round, Custom Cells Itzehoe is set up well to further optimize the production processes and to speed up the company’s growth. In addition to hiring more personnel to bring in more orders, we are also planning to expand the technology applications, for example to the field of super capacitors”, so Torge Thönnessen and Leopold König, CEOs of Custom Cells Itzehoe about the participation of HTGF.  Ron Winkler, Investment Manager of HTGF, explains: “Thanks to the flexibility of Custom Cells Itzehoe when it comes to material selection and battery design and due to their extensive process know-how, the company provides proprietary solutions for attractive niche applications.”

About Custom Cells Itzehoe
Custom Cells Itzehoe GmbH (CCI) develops and produces electrode foils, lithium accumulators or intermediate products for niche markets according to specific user requirements. With the help of a unique cell construction technology, the most sophisticated customer demands can be met by targeted design and optimization at the chemical, cell and module level. In doing so, Custom Cells Itzehoe relies on 13 years of experience and licenses from the Fraunhofer Institute.

Mr. Torge Thönnessen
+49 (0) 4821 17-4115
+49 (0) 160 90 90 21 00

About High-Tech Gründerfonds

High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests in young, high potential high-tech start-ups. The seed financing provided is designed to enable start-ups to take an idea through prototyping and to market launch. Typically, High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests EUR 500,000 in the seed stage, with the potential for up to a total of EUR 2 million per portfolio company in follow-on financing. Investors in this public/private partnership include the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the KfW Banking Group, as well as strategic corporate investors including ALTANA, BASF, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, CEWE Color, Daimler, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Lanxess, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, METRO, Qiagen, RWE Innogy, SAP, Tengelmann and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gruenderfonds has about EUR 573.5 million under management in two funds (EUR 272 million HTGF I, EUR 301.5 million HTGF II).

High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Ron Winkler
Schlegelstraße 2
53113 Bonn
Tel: +49 (228) 823 001-00
Fax: +49 (228) 823 000-50

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