Nanotech Energy successfully completed trial weeks at Chico 2 in November and December. Almost all of the equipment is now installed at the Chico, California, site, and downstream processes are being optimized ahead of a launch that will eventually generate 30,000 18650 battery cells per day. These batteries, similar in size to AA batteries, but usually have a 3.7 volt output and are used in various electronic equipment.
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“Currently, our materials management, quality, operations and program teams are working together to ensure we are ready to operate and deliver production-ready cells in April 2024,” says Troy Zerbe, Chief Operating Officer of Nanotech Energy.
Production will start at a rate of 10 cells per minute and increase to 20 cells per minute by the end of the year. By 2025, Chico 2 will also be able to produce 21,700 battery cells at the same rate of 30,000 per day.
Mr. Zerbe adds: “When we look at our key parameters such as capacitance, resistance and open circuit voltage (OCV), the main encouraging point is that our tests have already produced a high percentage of first-class cells. Realistically, we are ahead of the curve and you can feel the excitement.” Increasing throughout the organization.
Work on the 5,000 square meter facility began in November 2022. In the fall of 2023, Nanotech Energy released the first images of the new setup starting to take shape.
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