American Battery Factory Inc. (ABF) is said to be developing a U.S.-based network of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) cell giga-factories, and this week its first offtake agreement was announced with Lion Energy. ABF will deliver 18 GWh of LFP battery cells — high-capacity prismatic cells offering 50 and 300 Ah outputs designed for a range of solutions, including portable solar generators along with residential, commercial and utility grid-level lithium battery-based energy storage systems.
ABF will manufacture cells for Lion Energy and other pack integrators. Lion Energy will initially receive 1.2 GWh of cells annually, growing to 6 GWh over a five-year period.
“Battery pack integrators like Lion Energy will be the core ABF customer category we are designed to serve,” said Paul Charles, CEO and President of ABF. “Pack integrators, energy solution providers and a host of other potential battery customers are in need of and searching for U.S.-based lithium battery manufacturers to help them diversify their supply chain as well as to unlock market opportunities that specify the need for onshore battery technology and applications.”
As ABF develops its factory network, including erecting new factories near or on-site at pack integrators, its cell manufacturing facilities will be sized in 3 GWh pods or modules with the ability to scale production.
“We can’t move to an entirely green energy economy as a country and society without high-quality lithium batteries,” said Frank Davis, CEO of Lion Energy. “Adding a scalable, onshore U.S. supplier for batteries is the missing link for energy independence; ABF and Lion Energy are dedicated to creating the pathway to 100% renewable energy.”
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