Top U.S. Battery Manufacturers Supercharging the Green Revolution
Posted by IndustryNet on Tuesday, April 12, 2022
At last count, more than 10 new battery plants are expected to break ground between 2022 and 2025. In most recent news, energy start up SPARKZ announced plans to establish a massive new EV battery plant in West Virginia.
According to firsthand data collected by MNI, there are currently 201 battery manufacturers in the United States presently. The U.S. South accounts for more than a third of the nation’s battery manufacturers, according to MNI’s geographic data. Over the past year, employment in the industry grew by 11.4% and sales in the sector surpassed $52 billion in 2021.
U.S. battery manufacturers are also major exporters, with 61% of U.S. battery manufacturers distributing their products internationally—significantly higher than the average of 29% among all U.S. manufacturers. Similarly, battery manufacturers are more reliant on imported materials, with 27% importing raw materials, compared to 11% of all U.S. manufacturers.
New battery technology has played a significant role in promoting this expansion. While Tesla, Inc. is the world's top battery manufacturer, there are several other top battery manufacturers leading innovation and growth within the industry.
Battery manufacturers and renewable energy sources
Lithium batteries have played an essential role in spurring on the green revolution. One company at the forefront of this leap forward is Universal Power Group (UPG). Both solar and wind installations require efficient and reliable systems to capture and store intermittently produced energy.
UPG's Universal and Kinetik® batteries are engineered to accommodate those needs well. UPG also provides products to such diverse industries as sports, oil and gas, biomedical, electric vehicles and a variety of consumer- and business-oriented products.
Another leader serving the green energy sector is East Penn Manufacturing Company. Using advanced forms of lead-acid technology, they support stop-start technologies such as inverters, smart electrical grids, as well as solar and wind power generation.
East Penn regards sustainability as a high priority, employing the most advanced systems to control lead emissions to both air and water. The company has utilized HEPA filters for more than 25 years, releasing air that is cleaner than that in the surrounding atmosphere. Of companies reporting to IndustryNet, East Penn is second only to Tesla in terms of square footage.
FIAMM Energy Technology S.p.A. is a company recently acquired by Hitachi Chemical, also participates heavily in supplying power storage for renewable energy systems. They serve energy islands and off-grid plants.
The company's flagship product is an absorbent glass mat (AGM) battery, designed for general applications and featuring a 5- to 10-year lifespan. FIAMM also provides batteries for diverse applications including telecom, railways, security systems and oil and gas.
Pursuing yet another path to providing environmentally conscious power, Aquion Energy has developed batteries featuring patented Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) chemistry. These electrochemical cells are constructed of neither lithium nor lead, utilizing a saltwater electrolyte instead.
The materials employed are both abundant and nontoxic and manufacturing costs for these systems are low. These batteries are available for both residential and commercial use. They are optimized for deep daily cycling to accommodate high levels of discharge. These products are also maintenance-free, a strong selling point to consumers.
Another aspect of the renewable energy market is the thermal battery, a system that stores and releases heat. ATB Thermal Batteries provides versatility in this sector by supplying both lithium-based and metal disulfide electrochemical products.
ATB uses specialized lithium alloys that permit the operation of their batteries at temperatures higher than would be feasible with standard lithium cells. Their offerings also include "smart" batteries, with built-in battery management systems, applicable in devices like laptops.
Companies poised for expansion address specialized applications across a broad spectrum of industries. House of Batteries assembles battery packs featuring lithium and other chemistries. They serve medical, military, portable electronics, aircraft and police markets. House of Batteries is one of the top companies in the industry reporting employee growth.
Another leading manufacturer of customized battery packs is Cell-Con. They specialize in chargers for portable electronic devices. Their systems encompass five different chemistries. Cell-Con supplies original equipment manufacturers in markets including the medical, industrial, military, transportation, utility, radio-frequency identification, robotic and data acquisition.
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Further Reading: How U.S. Manufacturers are Innovating to Curb Climate Change
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2017. It is updated annually with new statistics from MNI on the U.S. battery industry.
Related Companies: Cell-Con, Inc., Custom Power, East Penn Mfg. Co., FIAMM Energy Technology (USA) LLC, Universal Power Group, Inc.
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