Partnership drives Australia’s lead in renewable battery race

Scale Facilitation CEO David A. Collard shaking hands with C4V CEO Shailesh Upreti
Scale Facilitation CEO David A. Collard and C4V CEO Shailesh Upreti

A new partnership between advanced battery research and production company Recharge Industries and leading US lithium-ion battery manufacturer Charge CCCV (C4V) is providing a unique opportunity for Australia to become a world-leader in renewable battery technology.

Focused on the development of large-scale advanced battery manufacturing facilities, Scale Facilitation portfolio company Recharge Industries has its sights set on ramping up Australia’s renewable battery manufacturing capabilities exponentially.

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Operating out of The M. Stanley Whittingham Laboratory at SUNY Binghamton, C4V is at the cutting edge of renewable battery technology, producing battery cell products to more effectively and efficiently power electric cars, trucks, boats, aircrafts, solar farms, wind farms, electric grid storage as well as aviation and aerospace.

The pioneering semi-solid-state lithium-ion battery manufacturer was the first US-owned plant to produce commercial battery cells in New York. The international transfer of technology and learnings adds significant weight to Recharge Industries’ already enhanced battery cell research and production project, which recently received $20 million in funding via the Federal Government’s Trailblazer Universities program through its partnership with Deakin University’s Recycling and Renewable Energy Commercialisation Hub (REACH).

The landmark partnership not only strengthens the technical capabilities of Recharge Industries’ R&D and production arm, Recharge Dynamics, but also gives Recharge Industries access to C4V’s intellectual property for manufacturing and global product commercialisation.

Scale Facilitation and Recharge Industries founder, David A. Collard said the partnership with C4V, and the access to their IP, would provide unprecedented benefits to Australia and its allies.

“Australia is the world’s largest producer of lithium. We produce nine-out-of-ten required elements needed to produce most lithium-ion battery cell devices and products,” Collard said.

“Not only that, we have commercial reserves of graphite—the remaining crucial 10th element. Gaining access to C4V’s technical knowledge and information allows us to use these precious elements native to Australia to begin manufacturing and commersialising lithium-ion battery cell products anywhere in the world.”

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Using C4V’s NYC facility as a blueprint, Recharge Industries will build its gigawatt-scale lithium-ion battery production facility in Australia with the goal of developing next-generation solutions to real-world and emerging problems. These include the development of predictive safety systems for emerging battery technologies and the reduction of battery cell wastage within large scale battery production facilities.

Looking ahead, Recharge Industries will continue leveraging global expertise and exceptional overseas and homegrown talent in advanced battery technology; the Australian Federal Government recently accepted Recharge Industries into the Global Australia Task Force as an endorsed project, further accelerating the company’s plans to boost Australia’s green battery manufacturing capacity.

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