EnerG2 operates a state-of-the art manufacturing plant in Albany, Oregon. This facility was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Energy to accelerate the development of a domestic energy storage materials industry. Current manufacturing capacities allow us to serve all targeted energy storage applications; capacity can be rapidly expanded as needed with in the existing factory footprint. The inherent scale advantages of this bulk chemical process enable EnerG2 to produce best-in-class carbons at costs competitive with traditional electrochemical carbons.
The patented and proprietary technology used in EnerG2’s manufacturing plant delivers nanostructured carbon materials that are finely controlled and offer ultra-high surface areas and ultra-high purity levels. EnerG2 has developed and commercialized unique sol-gel processing technologies to produce its carbon materials. Sol-gel processing, which creates optimal structure and purity in the finished carbon product, is a chemical synthesis that forms solids through heat and catalysts. EnerG2 has patented an ability to control the hydrolysis and condensation reactions within the process, allowing the resultant materials' surface structures and pore-size distributions to be shaped, molded and customized for a variety of critical energy storage uses.
In addition, by using pure inputs and carefully controlled processing parameters, we are able to maintain a part-per-million purity standard across all of our product lines. These purity levels enable product specifications previously unavailable in the industry.
The EnerG2 approach to energy storage material manufacturing is unique in the market. Most commercially available materials for energy storage are produced from naturally occurring precursors; therefore, much of the performance of these derivative materials is determined by natural physical properties of the selected precursor. As a result, important characteristics such as pore-size distribution are fixed within the natural precursor and are merely exposed by competitors’ various processing approaches.
We have developed our manufacturing capabilities with an explicit and aggressive focus on cost control. To avoid the expensive processing typically associated with nanotechnology, the company has leveraged large-scale commercial processing technologies from established industries to design a production approach that is both relatively inexpensive and inherently scalable.