Group14 Technologies, a manufacturer and supplier of advanced silicon battery technology, has announced the commencement of construction of a second commercial-scale US Battery Active Materials (BAM-2) factory in Moses Lake, Washington State, USA, in support of domestic efforts to advance the electric vehicle (EV) market.

The company says the one-million-square-foot campus will be home to the world’s largest factory of advanced silicon battery materials for EV programs to meet global decarbonization targets.

Leveraging a $614 million Series C round backed by Porsche AG and Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund, and a subsequent $100 million grant from the Biden-Harris Administration and the US Department of Energy, Group14’s second BAM factory at 13400 East Wheeler Road in Moses Lake, WA, will join its first factory in Woodinville, WA, in manufacturing commercial quantities of SCC55. SCC55 is described as an advanced silicon battery technology that delivers ‘higher energy density and charge rates than traditional lithium-ion batteries for applications such as EVs’.

“Drawing from our team’s experience in manufacturing batteries for supercapacitors since the early 2000s, Group14 has prioritized our capacity to scale not only our technology but our manufacturing capabilities from day one,” said Rick Costantino, co-founder and CTO at Group14 Technologies. “With an eye to the importance of process innovation, we are full-steam ahead on building our second commercial factory in Washington State in order to allow us to move at a pace that can match today’s skyrocketing demands.”

The BAM-2 factory in Moses Lake will begin with two large-scale manufacturing modules, each capable of delivering 2,000 tons per year of SCC55. The production lines for the two initial modules are expected to come online and begin manufacturing SCC55 for customers in 2024. Built to run on renewable energy in the form of Washington State’s abundant hydropower, the factory is expected to be part of a larger Group14 campus, comprising at least six modules, as the company looks to continue to expand its footprint in Moses Lake.

“Boosting the nation’s global competitiveness in battery manufacturing comes down to strengthening domestic supply chains, which is why we are ramping up our second U.S. factory at the speed in which we need to see innovation scale,” said Rick Luebbe, CEO and co-founder of Group14 Technologies. “By accelerating the timeline for market-ready, transformational battery technology, we are putting the power to electrify everything into the hands of U.S. workers who will become the backbone of the clean energy economy.”

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