EnerG2's new line puts a charge into battery world

The Carbon Technology Platform, produced at EnerG2's Albany plant, purports to boost Lithium-ion batteries' capacity by 50 percent. 

An energy storage company that makes its wares in Albany has unveiled its newest line of nano-structured materials that aim to radically improve battery capacity, cycle life and charging efficiency.

EnerG2, which is based in Seattle, rolled out its nano-structured hard carbon, for lithium-ion batteries, on Monday. The batteries come from the world’s first manufacturing plant in the world dedicated to the commercial-scale production of engineered carbon material.

The company’s Carbon Technology Platform boosts batteries’ anode capacity by more than 50 percent. The materials, according to EnerG2, “will enable rapid and dramatic improvements in Lithium-ion batteries for applications including consumer electronics and electric vehicles.”

“We have broken through a critical performance barrier,” said Aaron Feaver, the company’s co-founder and chief technology officer, in a statement. “This product will certainly play an important role in the world’s energy future, ultimately improving the performance of a wide variety of energy storage devices.”

Along with electric vehicles, the EnerG2 materials can power industrial cranes and forklifts.

The 74,000 square foot plant in Albany opened in February 2012. The company announced in January it had raised more than $9.4 million in funding.


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