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EnerG2 has announced that it is producing nano-structured hard carbon for use in lithium-ion batteries (Li-ion). Production is designed to boost anode capacity in the batteries by more than 50 percent.

The company has also extended this production innovation into a range of carbon-silicon, nano-composite materials that improve battery capacity, cycle life and charge efficiency.  

These materials are used in numerous applications including consumer electronics and electric vehicles.

“We have broken through a critical performance barrier. The Li-ion batteries dominate innovation in the energy storage industry,” said Aaron Feaver, a co-founder of EnerG2. “This is a ground-breaking new product for this segment of the industry.”

The Li-ion-produced anodes enhance storage capacity of the finished electrodes, which offer a higher reversible lithium capacity than other anode material, according to Feaver. They also increase storage capacity and improve the charge, discharge rate.

EnerG2 is headquartered in Seattle. The Albany plant, which opened just over a year ago in a 74,000-square-foot former Oregon Freeze Dry warehouse, is the only facility in the world producing commercial-scale nano-engineered carbon material for energy storage applications.

According to Rick Luebbe, the company’s co-founder and CEO, EnerG2 is unique in its ability to make commercial quantities of materials quickly. He said the breakthrough with the carbon for the Li-ions was a total team effort using what it calls its Carbon Technology Platform (CTP).

“We’re developing breakthrough new products,” he said. “And we have the ability to immediately scale them in our commercial production facility.”

Luebbe said the goal of the company is to set standards across the entire energy storage industry.  

“These anode materials accomplishments have demonstrated that we’re well on the way,” Luebbe said.

The Albany plant is producing advanced carbon materials at a multi-ton scale for distribution world-wide.

“It is set up to handle production of all the applications our CTP creates,” Luebbe said.

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Steve Lathrop is the business reporter for the Albany Democrat-Herald. He can be reached at 541-812-6076 or by email at steve.lathrop@lee.net.

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