US engineering firm Babcock & Wilcox Megtec announced on March 27 it had signed a strategic partnership agreement to supply its wide-web coating line for the manufacture of lithium-ion battery electrodes with graphite producer Magnis Resources Limited and intellectual property company Charge CCCV (C4V).
The deal includes B&W Megtec’s proprietary double-sided coating and drying technology, which was developed to provide high-volume, low-cost production of battery electrodes that can produce up to 3GWh of electrodes per year.
Kenneth Zak, senior vice president of B&W Megtec, said the equipment would be used for the future production of batteries for the electric vehicle and energy storage systems markets’.
B&W Megtec, a subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, will provide its GigaCoater technology for use in future Magnis and C4V manufacturing projects, including the consortium’s Imperium3 lithium-ion gigafactory in New York.
Magnis is a member of the consortium along with C4V, C&D Assembly, Primet Precision Materials and Kodak.
The group plan to build a 1GWh a year lithium-ion battery factory on Huron Campus, in the Greater Binghamton area of New York state after the consortium bought failed energy storage firm Alevo’s North Carolina factory machinery in auction in February for $5 million.
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