EnerG2, maker of engineered carbon material for energy storage, declared its federally funded plant in Albany a success on Thursday, one year after opening its doors.
The facility is the only manufacturing plant in the world dedicated to commercial-scale production of engineered nano-structured carbon material destined for use in energy storage applications.
The EnerG2 manufacturing process controls the molecular structure and synthesis of these advanced materials at the earliest production stages. The proprietary process provides flexibility and reduced costs, all while maximizing the performance of the devices into which the materials are integrated. Delivering these tailored carbons to energy storage device manufacturers, allows the manufacturers to increase device utilization and performance; as a result, they can offer end consumers a fundamentally better cost-for-performance trade-off.
Officials say the company has relationships with more than 100 customers, excluding potential customers, all of which must test the material before integrating it into their product.
The company, which built the Albany plant with a grant of $21.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, has just completed the International Organization for Standardization‘s quality management certification during first year of plant operations.
“We’re chasing customers of all sizes. But I expect we will at least double or triple the customer count over the next year or 18 months,” Chris Wheaton, chief operating and financial office at EnerG2, told Sustainable Business Oregon.