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Fri Aug 12, 2022, 02:09 PM

Sila to open battery tech plant plant in Moses Lake

Sila Nanotechnologies Inc., an Alameda, California-based battery technology company, is moving forward with plans to open a manufacturing facility in Moses Lake.

In May, Sila purchased a more than 600,000-square-foot facility in Moses Lake that cost in the "low nine figures," a company spokesperson said. The plant will start production in the second half of 2024 and reach full production in the first half of 2025.


Sila, which incorporated in 2011, makes a silicon-based anode powder to replace the traditional graphite powder in batteries. The technology can improve energy density, the company says, and its technology can drop into existing manufacturing processes.


REC's Moses Lake plant will hit first production in late 2023 with full production coming in 2024. REC can currently supply silane for the smaller-scale operations of Sila, but REC CEO James May previously told the Business Journal the company needs more assurance battery tech companies will actually need the silane before building the infrastructure to supply the large-scale amounts necessary for electric vehicles.


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