Redwood Materials Building Huge Cathode Factory In USA

0 10

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!


USA has not been the home of much of the world’s EV battery or battery component production. That has been dominated by China. The Inflation Reduction Act is changing that. Subsidies for mining EV battery minerals, subsidies for processing those minerals, subsidies for battery cell production, and subsidies for battery pack production are combining to focus a lot of battery production in the United States. However, it’s still a small battery production market at the moment and there are gaps in what is produced.

One of those gaps is cathode production. Well, the EV battery recycling startup created by Tesla cofounder and former CTO JB Straubel, Redwood Materials, is ready to change that. “Cathode accounts for >50% of a battery cell’s cost but today, manufacturing is based entirely outside of North America,” the company writes. “Redwood is changing that!” Yes, JB is leading again and initiating EV battery cathode production in the United States.

Here are more details: “We’re building a huge (Airbus A380 for scale) cathode plant with more than 1 million EVs/year of capacity at our Nevada Campus. We’re reducing both the construction cost and the build time through ambitious and detailed engineering, focusing on innovative practices in the plant’s very design and development.

Naturally, with its location in Nevada, one has to wonder if these cathodes will be sold straight to Tesla. (Reminder: aside from his previous role at Tesla, JB Straubel is currently on Tesla’s board of directors.)

In any case, no matter where they are sold, it’s good to see another segment of the industry forming and growing in the United States.


Have a tip for CleanTechnica? Want to advertise? Want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.


Latest CleanTechnica TV Video


I don’t like paywalls. You don’t like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it!! So, we’ve decided to completely nix paywalls here at CleanTechnica. But…

 

Like other media companies, we need reader support! If you support us, please chip in a bit monthly to help our team write, edit, and publish 15 cleantech stories a day!

 

Thank you!


Advertisement


 


CleanTechnica uses affiliate links. See our policy here.


Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.