Group14 Technologies launches plant for anode materials
In Washington State, USA, Group14 Technologies has launched its first commercial-scale 27,000-square foot manufacturing factory to meet demand for higher-performing lithium-silicon anode materials.
The new factory, located in Woodinville, Washington, also will house a new R&D centre, corporate offices, and serves as the first of several planned commercial manufacturing sites.
Group14 Technologies says the factory is capable of producing 120 tons per year of Group14’s lithium-silicon technology, SCC55, which the company says can deliver up to 50% more energy density per volume than lithium-ion batteries available on the market for automotive and consumer electronics applications.
The company says they are already supplying battery suppliers, some of whom are currently undertaking a validation process of 82 Ah automotive batteries using SCC55 as a blend or full displacement of traditional battery anodes for EV applications. The claim is that lithium-silicon technology, SCC55 can deliver up to 50% more energy density per volume than lithium-ion batteries available on the market.
The company did not specifically name customers, saying only that “the commercial factory is already delivering SCC55 to top consumer electronics and automotive manufacturers globally, leveraging the company’s recent international footprint in Asia to further its customer pipeline.”
The young company was founded in 2015. Group14 claims that their battery materials breakthrough “brings new levels of energy performance to lithium-ion-powered devices and vehicles.”