Panasonic to source domestic cathode for US batteries

Panasonic to source domestic cathode for US batteries

Panasonic will source US-produced cathode material from Redwood to produce batteries at its new plant in Kansas, USA. Battery cell production is planned to come online in 2025 and will be supplied by North America's first gigafactory-scaled cathode production.

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Panasonic Energy first partnered with Redwood in 2019 creating a recycled feedstock out of the cell production scrap from the gigafactory in Nevada. The extended partnership will also include a long-term agreement for Redwood to supply anode copper foil. Together, the partnership has formed a closed loop for US domestic cell production involving recycled materials for both cathode and anode components.

Redwood has aggressive plans to ramp up US production of cathode materials, targeting 100 GWh by 2025 and 500 GWh by 2030 - which would provide enough domestic materials to power five million electric vehicles. With securing domestic supply chains for clean energy technologies a key objective of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, this agreement illustrates the type of close partnership and aggressive goals required to make meaningful progress. Sadly, progress in the EU and UK is currently lagging far behind due to a lack of stimulus and coordinated policy.

  • 15 Nov 2022
  • USA
  • Lithium
  • Batteries

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