Battery materials maker Sila Nanotechnologies will open an anode material plant in Moses Lake, Washington. The company claims its anode material boosts the energy density of lithium-ion batteries by 20%.
The 600,000-square-foot hydro-powered facility will begin producing silicon-based anode material in the second half of 2024, and full production is scheduled for the first half of 2025. CEO Gene Berdichevsky told Bloomberg that buying and equipping the building for the first phase of production will cost over $100 million.
The company says the plant will produce enough anode material for 10 GWh of cells when used as a full graphite replacement, or up to 50 GWh in a partial replacement. Sila also says “the Moses Lake site has the potential for further expansion and investment by 15X to reach production volumes to power 150 GWh of cells when used as a full graphite replacement or 750 GWh as a partial replacement—enough to power 2 to 10 million electric vehicles per year.”