Group14 Hosts U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm

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Group14 Technologies welcomed U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm to its Moses Lake, Washington, facility, showcasing its advanced silicon battery materials factory. The visit underscores a significant stride towards a clean energy future, bolstered by a $100M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

In a gathering that included Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Group14 highlighted its efforts in job creation, manufacturing career opportunities, and strengthening the U.S. battery supply chain. The company’s second commercial U.S. Battery Active Materials factory site (BAM-2) is poised to become the world’s largest manufacturer of advanced silicon battery materials, promising transformative technology for electric vehicles (EVs), smartphones, and more.

Rick Luebbe, CEO and co-founder, emphasized the milestone’s importance, “We are grateful to Governor Inslee, Secretary Granholm, and Senator Cantwell for joining us to celebrate this major milestone in the electrification of everything.” Secretary Granholm lauded the initiative as pivotal for President Biden’s agenda to secure supply chains essential for the clean energy revolution, ensuring quality jobs nationwide.

The event featured a tour and press conference, with discussions on American manufacturing investment benefits, sustainable career paths, and boosting domestic battery material production. Additionally, Group14 has engaged in community benefits programs, including workforce training in collaboration with Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake, WA, where 80 percent of BAM-2’s 2023 hires were local.

Dr. Rick Costantino, CTO and co-founder, stated, “Group14 is building an ecosystem in Washington State that sets a new standard and represents America’s unrivaled battery innovation on a global scale.”

About Group14 Technologies: A leader in silicon battery technology, Group14 supports over 100 global customers, comprising 95% of the lithium-ion battery market. With commercial operations in Woodinville, WA, and a joint venture in South Korea, its expansion in Moses Lake, WA, marks a significant advancement in battery technology. Having raised over $650 million, Group14’s investors include prominent names like Porsche AG and Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund, driving forward the electrification of everything.

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