Battery Developer to Build New Factory in Colorado
Written by Iulian Dnistran, InsideEVs
Published March 8, 2023
Fremont, CA-based Amprius Technologies will build a new battery-making facility at an existing site in Brighton, CO, in a push to expand production of its proprietary silicon anode lithium-ion battery cells, which offer greater energy density than conventional graphite cells.
The new factory will be built in phases and is expected to become operational in 2025 with an initial output capacity of 500 megawatt-hours. Later, when the final stage of construction has been completed, the facility will have a footprint of 775,000 square feet and a potential output of 5 gigawatt-hours per year.
The location already has a 1.3 million-square foot factory, chosen for the pre-existing electric power and structural layout needed for a new factory, while keeping costs down. After finishing the new facility, the site's combined output will be 10 gigawatt-hours per year.
At the event where the letter of intent was signed, signaling Amprius’ plans to expand to Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis said, “We need more batteries to power the future, and now we will be manufacturing more of them right here in Colorado. We are excited to welcome Amprius to Colorado, bringing over 300 new good-paying jobs and joining Colorado’s innovative and collaborative business community.”
According to the press release, the initial phase of 500 MWh will be funded in part by a $50 million cost-sharing grant awarded by the Department of Energy, with Amprius being one of the first companies in the U.S. to receive funding thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
“The selection of Colorado for our gigawatt-scale factory marks an important milestone for Amprius,” said Dr. Kang Sun, CEO of Amprius Technologies. “We worked closely with the state of Colorado, the Colorado Economic Development Commission, Adams County and the City of Brighton to align on terms that are mutually beneficial and include a comprehensive incentive proposal. Increasing production to meet the substantial market demand for our breakthrough silicon anode lithium-ion technology remains a priority, and we are confident this factory will allow us to scale and effectively serve the electric mobility market.”
The battery company prides itself on making the most energy-dense lithium-ion units today, courtesy of its silicon anode technology, which allows the cells to be smaller in size compared to the graphite anode cells widely available on the market. According to Amprius, its currently available batteries deliver up to 450 Wh/kg and 1,150 Wh/L.