At a ribbon-cutting ceremony, more than 90 attendees heard key partner presentations on the impact of the company’s next-generation technology.
FREMONT, Calif.—Amprius Technologies, Inc., a developer of next-generation lithium-ion batteries with its Silicon Anode Platform, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its expanded production line, Amprius Lab, in Fremont. Customers, investors, and partners attended the event, Amprius said in a release.
Through the commissioning of its proprietary anode production line, Amprius is increasing its capacity by 10 times at its Fremont facility, moving the company from kWh to MWh scale of production. The additional capacity will serve existing customers, including Airbus, AeroVironment, BAE Systems, and Teledyne FLIR. It will also supply the backlog of new customers seeking product in 2024. The factory will manufacture high-energy batteries, expected to deliver energy densities of over 500 Wh/kg and 1300 Wh/L, and high-power batteries with discharge rates as high as 10C, according to the release.
During the event, several of Amprius’s current partners, including AALTO Airbus, AeroVironment, and CENTCOM delivered presentations on the importance of Amprius’s next-generation technology for applications across aviation, HAPS (high-altitude platform systems), and defense. Equipment manufacturer Centrotherm presented on the state of Amprius’s 100 percent silicon anode mass production equipment, currently used for commodity solar cell manufacturing, and the associated scale-up and cost-down achieved in that sector historically. Finally, Teledyne FLIR provided a customer demonstration of the Black Hornet 4, which has Amprius’s high-performance batteries designed into it.
Guests were able to engage with Amprius executives on the expansion’s impact and tour the state-of-the-art manufacturing line, which features new assembly and dry rooms, as well as the same mass production anode equipment technology planned for the GWh-scale factory.
“The expansion of our Fremont facility is an important milestone for our business as we significantly bolster our capacity to meet the increasing demands of our esteemed customers while at the same time serving more customers,” said Amprius CEO Kang Sun, Ph.D., in a statement. “As we implement advanced manufacturing processes for our proprietary silicon anode cell production, we’ll be able to lay the foundation for our gigawatt-scale factory that we expect to be operational in 2025.”
Amprius said it is continuing to expand its advanced manufacturing capabilities to meet the ever-increasing demand for its high-performance batteries. The company remains well positioned to support the fast-growing aviation and, eventually, mainstream electric vehicle markets, estimated to be collectively over $100 billion of battery demand by 2025.
“Amprius’s batteries play a key role in Fremont’s dedication to technological innovation, especially in electric mobility, where our community boasts one of the highest densities of EV chargers per zip code,” said Fremont Mayor Lily Mei, in the release. “The decision by Amprius to expand within Fremont highlights our city’s commitment to pioneering next-generation technologies that are shaping the future of sustainable transportation.”