As the Biden administration pushes massive investments in clean energy as part of a goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050, the White House wants the technology behind that energy to be homegrown.
That's a challenge that Lindsay Gorrill, CEO of Kore Power, is ready to tackle. Kore, which was founded in 2019, announced plans to build a battery cell factory in Buckeye, Ariz., 40 miles west of Phoenix, earlier this year. The company projects the factory will produce 12 GWh of total annual capacity by the end of 2023 and anchor what Gorrill hopes will become a grand-scale battery ecosystem in the Grand Canyon State.
"If you want a green economy, you have to have the supply nearby. The last few years have proven that," Gorrill told Utility Dive in an interview. "If you don't have supply chain control, you might miss out on the opportunity to grow the clean economy."
The KOREPlex facility — which at its full size will cover 1 million square feet — will be the only domestic battery gigafactory owned and operated entirely by a U.S.-based company, Gorrill said. Kore's lithium battery cells can be modified to work in electric cars, micromobility vehicles, like e-bikes, and large-scale operations like utility storage and electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The flagship NMC cell (indicating its nickel-manganese-cobalt chemistry) has a 55 amp hour capacity and a nominal voltage of 3.7 volts.
The goal is to bring those cells to local integrators and manufacturers, creating a battery hub...
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