Microporous launches $100m grant talks for Li separator project

Microporous launches $100m grant talks for Li separator project

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January 25, 2024: Microporous has started talks aimed at securing a $100 million US federal grant for the production of lithium ion battery separators.

Corporate development and innovation VP Brad Reed told Batteries International on January 22 that the company was told last month it had been selected to negotiate the Department of Energy grant.

That triggered the start of a detailed negotiating period that will take several months after which, “barring any unanticipated eligibility problems”, the grant will be formally awarded and payments can start, Reed said.

The grant talks position Microporous as a key player in strengthening domestic clean energy supply chains, Reed said.

Microporous will make an announcement about where to build a new separators production plant once the grant application process has been completed.

The company said locations under consideration include Virginia and North Carolina — and the Southern Virginia ‘megasite’ (see image) is a top contender.

However, the final decision will be based on the findings of an environmental assessment by the Department of Energy, which will be required before the grant agreement is signed.

More than 280 jobs will be created as a result of the grant, of which at least 85% of full-time employees will be from local communities, Microporous said.

The lithium battery separator commercialization project is based on using wet process polyethylene separator film technology similar to the PE lead battery separators produced in the firm’s plants in the US state of Tennessee and Austria.