Battery maker Solid Power has begun manufacturing its first fully automated all-solid-state battery on its fully operational pilot production line in the US.
The 10MWh facility will support first product sales in beachhead markets like aerospace, defense, industrial, and medical applications, and early market entry into non-automotive, smaller volume markets.
A spokesman for the US company told BEST Battery Briefing: “With respect to the pilot line, the maximum capacity of the facility is 10MWh, which can support early market entry into non-automotive, smaller volume markets.
“For the next year, we’ll be in a prototyping phase primarily with automotive partners, and will be running the facility at a lesser rate.”
Solid Power will use its Colorado, US, facility to achieve its first stage of production scale and initiate qualification trials with its automotive partners.
The company is working closely with vehicle OEMs Ford, BMW, and others, toward meeting industry performance, scale, and cost goals, in addition to vehicle electrification.
Doug Campbell, CEO of Solid Power, said: “This facility, even at the pilot-scale, is easily one of the industry’s most advanced all-solid-state battery production lines.”