EnerG2 (http://www.energ2.com), a Seattle-based company manufacturing advanced nano-structured materials for next-generation energy storage applications, today announced the commencement of production at its energy storage materials plant in Albany, Oregon.
The Albany facility is the first manufacturing plant in the world dedicated to the commercial-scale production of engineered carbon material. These materials are destined for use in high-performance energy storage applications. The initial phase of operations, beginning today, will ultimately require a large-scale local manufacturing workforce that is expected to expand with company’s portfolio of products.
In August of 2009, the United States Department of Energy awarded EnerG2 $21.3 million to partially fund this facility. Since then, EnerG2 has been working with the Albany community, investors and highly skilled craftspeople to bring the factory from vision to design to high tech reality.
“Today’s events mark the culmination of tremendous progress on the manufacturing front,” says Rick Luebbe, EnerG2’s CEO. “We have successfully demonstrated that scientific innovation can indeed lead to a domestic manufacturing-base and the jobs that come with it. Looking ahead, our goal is to set the standard for performance across the entire energy storage industry, and we believe that we’re well on the way.”
EnerG2’s Albany operations will leverage the company’s proprietary Carbon Technology Platform (CTP) to produce engineered high-purity carbon materials for a wide range of energy storage applications. The CTP rapidly advances the speed with which materials technologies are developed and manufactured for these applications. The CTP is both technology- and market-neutral, creating an unprecedented and valuable flexibility across a portfolio of energy storage applications.
EnerG2 currently works with over 60 significant companies across the globe focused on energy storage application development. These device manufacturers will benefit from the CTP through increased material performance in existing storage applications, as well as the capacity to quickly develop and deploy advanced materials into a range of future energy storage solutions. The 21st century will be marked by rapid advancements in materials manufacturing, and EnerG2’s emphasis on materials for energy storage will be a catalyst for growth and ongoing innovation.
“We’re overjoyed, and very fortunate, to have a next-generation manufacturing company like EnerG2 driving the nation’s future right here in our own backyard,” says Sharon Konopa, Albany’s Mayor. “EnerG2 is creating jobs and harnessing much-needed innovation – what could be better than that?”
“Albany is a community that offers EnerG2 the right human capital and the right infrastructure for getting this important job done,” added Luebbe. “ With our partners here in Albany and across the country, EnerG2 will play an important role in enhancing the performance in hybrid and electric vehicles, industrial cranes and forklifts, to a cleaner and more efficient global energy grid.”
In addition to backing from the US Department of Energy, EnerG2 has received support from: the University of Washington, the Washington Technology Center, the Washington State Energy Program, WRF Capital, the Sustainability Investment Fund, Northwest Energy Angels, the Frontier Angel Fund, OVP Venture Partners, Yaletown Venture Partners, Firelake Capital Management, and strategic partner Oregon Freeze Dry.