SPARKZ, a battery startup with unique licenses from Oak Ridge Nationwide Laboratory (ORNL) to supply home cobalt-free lithium batteries, will start manufacturing its zero-cobalt battery in Taylor County, West Virginia, finally using 350 employees. (Earlier publish.)
The plant, situated at 1211 AFG Rd in Bridgeport, WV, has roughly 482,000 sqft. of commercial area out there. The placement can in the end scale to a manufacturing capability of 15 GWh/yr. The ability was initially a glass plant that ceased manufacturing in 2009.
SPARKZ is worked up to deliver its patriotic energy firm to West Virginia and start hiring coalfield households beginning right this moment. That is the proper location to start re-engineering the battery provide chain to finish China’s dominance in vitality storage. The help of Senator Manchin, Senator Capito is and West Virginia officers together with Governor Justice will assist us make investments important assets in workforce growth and coaching for West Virginians with our companions on the United Mine Staff of America. Serving to coalfield households transition into the brand new vitality economic system is central to our mission.
—founder and CEO Sanjiv Malhotra
The positioning announcement accelerates plans to recruit, rent and prepare new staff by means of a partnership with the United Mine Staff of America (UMWA). The recruitment drive for the primary 10 or so staff have already begun. This primary cohort might be accountable for scaling the positioning location, making ready it for manufacturing and coaching the subsequent 30-50 staff as manufacturing begins.
Based by business veteran and former US Division of Vitality government Sanjiv Malhotra, SPARKZ will start commercialization of a excessive energy-density cobalt-free, US-made Lithium-ion battery, whereas persevering with its analysis and growth centered on re-engineering the remainder of the battery provide chain.
SPARKZ says that its zero cobalt battery provides 2X the vitality density in comparison with different zero-cobalt batteries (Lithium Iron Phosphate or LFP) being produced predominantly in China.
The corporate’s first industrial product will get rid of cobalt, historically used within the cathode of a Lithium battery, with the target of lowering the price of lithium battery manufacturing within the US, whereas additionally eliminating a major environmental concern, and lowering chokepoints created by a international supply-chain. SPARKZ might be asserting its buyer and OEM partnerships quickly.
SPARKZ was based in late 2019 and has been in innovation mode. SPARKZ has accomplished the switch of 6 patents from ORNL, which continues to be an R&D accomplice. Along with being 100% cobalt-free, the patents additionally scale back manufacturing time considerably and improve battery efficiency.