American Battery Factory (ABF), which develops a network of lithium-ferro-phosphate (LFP) battery factories, has announced an agreement to supply 18 GWh with Lion Energy. LFP cells are expected to be integrated into Lion Energy’s product suite, including portable solar generators and energy storage systems for residential, commercial and utilities.
ABF will provide high-capacity prismatic cells with a capacity of 50 Ah to 300 Ah. Lion Energy will start delivering 1.2 GWh per year, increasing to 6 GWh per year over five years.
“Adding a scalable onshore battery supplier to the U.S. is a missing link for energy independence; ABF and Lion Energy aim to pave the way for 100% renewable energy, ”said Frank Davis, CEO of Lion Energy. The headquarters of the American supplier of solar panels and storage is located in American Fork, Utah.
In March, the ABF announced he planned to set up an LFP fiction network across the United States. The company was incubated by Lion Energy, a supplier of mobile batteries and solar generators, whose sales in 2021 amounted to $ 100 million.
The plants are designed with a modular approach, they can be quickly built in 3 GWh “pods,” ABF said. “Pods” can be built in place of package integrators such as Lion Energy, thus localizing one segment of the supply chain.
LFP batteries have known benefits in eliminating the need for cobalt, a key element that is related to work, environment and health issues. Cobalt is also a major culprit in thermal escapes, leading to fires in traditional lithium-ion batteries. LFP chemicals significantly reduce this risk, ABF said.
“Package integrators, energy solution providers and many other potential battery customers need American lithium battery manufacturers and are looking for them to help them diversify their supply chains as well as open up market opportunities that determine the need for terrestrial battery technology and applications, including home business and network energy storage systems, U.S. military applications, and targeted use of e-mobility such as trucks, buses, trains, and agricultural machinery. ” Paul Charles, President and CEO of ABF.
Funds of the Ministry of Economy for the supply chain of batteries
Last June, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $ 200 million in funding to develop EVs and battery supply chains. Her vision for the next decade is to create a secure supply chain of materials and technologies for batteries.
The Ministry of Economy is allocating $ 200 million through a plan by the Federal Consortium of Advanced Batteries, which has set five goals. First, to provide access to raw materials and refined materials and find alternatives to important minerals. Second, support the growth of the recycling base in the United States to meet domestic demand for batteries. Third, in the sector of production of electrodes, cells and packages in the country. Fourth, to allow reuse and recycling at the end of service life on a large scale. And, fifth, enhance U.S. leadership in battery technology through support for research and development, STEM education, and workforce development.
ABF said its batteries would meet “American-made” requirements and would support the Ministry of Health’s above-mentioned goals. It states that batteries have applications in grid, commercial and household energy storage, as well as in some EVs such as trucks, agricultural machinery, trams, electronic bicycles, etc.
Off-grid electricity helps Ukraine
Lion Energy announced this last month donated nearly $ 400,000 to energy storage systemsportable solar photovoltaic modules and lighting accessories for Ukraine that support citizens defending their country from Russian invasion.
The company has shipped portable generators, including Lion Safari LT and Lion Safari ME, portable power supplies and portable solar panels, including a 100 Lion Lion panel. LED lamps and solar extension cords were included in the donation.
Donations were received by the non-profit organization “Ukraine with Love”, created by a Ukrainian living in the United States, Svetlana Miller. Miller collected first aid kits, walkie-talkies, food, drones and more.
As centralized electricity is disrupted in many areas, donations from Lion Energy’s portable photovoltaic and battery-powered power plants can help Ukrainians such as the Miller family stay in touch with their loved ones and have a light source while the grid runs.
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