A123 Systems Opens North-America's Largest Lithium-Ion Battery Plant (600MWh/Year)


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A Shiny New 291,000-Square-Foot Factory
A123 Systems, the makers of advanced lithium-ion batteries, have just opened a new battery factory in Livonia, Michigan. They claim that "based on available data" it is the largest battery plant in North-America (some manufacturer might be keeping their capacity secret). This new facility should increase A123's manufacturing capabilities by "up to 600MW hours per year when fully operational, contributing to the company's plan to expand global final cell assembly capacity to more than 760MW hours annually by the end of 2011. " That's a lot of batteries! And, as previously noted, it should help drive prices down.

A123 will focus on manufacturing prismatic cells and systems at the new 291,000-square-foot Livonia facility. The factory is designed to enable the complete production process, including research and development, manufacturing of high-value components, cell fabrication, module fabrication and the final assembly of complete battery packs ready for vehicle integration. As part of its continuing U.S. manufacturing ramp up, A123 also plans to open a coating plant in Romulus, Mich., expected to come on line during the first half of 2011. In addition to the DOE grant, the company received $125 million in state incentives from Michigan as part of its 21st Century Jobs Fund to help finance these manufacturing facilities.

A123 Systems has received a $249 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last year, so if you are a U.S. taxpayer, this is your tax dollars at work. Better that than bridges to nowhere, no?

Via A123 Systems
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