KORE Power, a developer of battery cell technology for the energy storage and EV industries, plans to build a lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Maricopa County, Arizona. The company claims this will be the first battery plant to be wholly owned by a US company. It will certainly be the first announced in recent years that won’t be called a “gigafactory.”
The million-square-foot KOREPlex will have a production capacity of up to 12 gigawatt hours (GWh). KORE Power’s current annual production capacity is 2 GWh, and the company is in the process of scaling that up to a total of 6 GWh.
KORE plans to start construction on the new plant by the end of this year, and to begin production in the second quarter of 2023. The company says the KOREPlex will achieve net zero carbon emissions thanks to strategic partnerships, solar generation and storage.
KORE chose the Maricopa County site because of proximity to complementary industries such as e-mobility, solar, semiconductor and utilities, as well as the state’s tax and regulatory environment. The KOREPlex is expected to create more than 3,000 new advanced manufacturing jobs in Arizona.
“We needed a location for our factory that had a track record of supporting energy storage, a growing clean transportation sector, and a workforce that could deliver American-made battery technology that the supply chain so desperately needs,” said KORE Power CEO Lindsay Gorrill.