EnerG2 has long promised that its super-fine carbon materials technology can deliver big improvements in ultracapacitors, lead-acid batteries and other energy storage devices. Now it’s ready to start churning out “multiple tons per month” to test the market.
That’s the capacity of EnerG2’s new factory in Albany, Oregon, according to Chris Wheaton, the startup’s chief operating and financial officer. While he didn’t name any customers, he did specify that the Seattle, Wash.-based company was targeting ultracapacitors and lead-acid batteries as its first markets, and is expected to make a customer announcement in the “next few months.”
EnerG2 bills itself as a Carbon Technology Platform (CTP) provider, building nanoscale carbon scaffolds for the anodes, cathodes and other components of energy storage devices made by others. It has raised about $12 million from investors including OVP Venture Partners and Firelake Capital, and also landed a $21.3 million Department of Energy stimulus grant in 2009 to build its plant.
The startup’s custom-built carbon structures can add significant benefits to ultracapacitors, the “flash” energy storage devices of the world, Wheaton told me in a Monday interview. Mainly, EnerG2 allows ultracaps to run at higher voltages than ...
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