Addionics sets up pilot production line in Israel

Yusin Hu, DIGITIMES Asia, Taipei 0

Addionics product demo Credit: Addionics

Addionics, an Israeli startup building smart 3D electrodes for EV batteries, has opened its first pilot production line in Israel. The startup is expecting to bring production to the US in the future.

Now collaborating with an American car OEM and automotive tier-1 suppliers, the startup will start manufacturing from current collectors to its patented 3D-structured electrodes made from aluminum and copper this week. The grand opening of the new production site took place on Feb 14 in Israel.

The initial planned capacity will be 10kWh and will increase to around 100kWh by the end of 2024 and 1GWh during 2025.

In order to provide larger production, the company said it has developed its own equipment for production. It is the first commercial equipment for manufacturing its smart 3D electrodes that are chemistry-agnostics. The pilot line is also the first in Israel to produce 3D electrodes for batteries, the company said.

The battery-graded, redesigned structure of current collector is what distinguishes Addionics' products from other 3D electrodes. Addionics said the result of testing the electrodes in battery was very good and they have received a lot of positive feedback from carmakers and tier-1 suppliers. Things took off from there. The team is now working hard to improve production and quality.

Addionics revealed that, in all likely scenarios, it would bring production to the US soon at client's request. The company will be one of the first movers to manufacture current collectors and electrodes for EV battery in the US.

Being closer to client will give the company a bigger advantage. The US has more talents in the battery industry. Most importantly, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) by the US government provides abundant subsidies for those manufacture battery and EV components in the US.

As EV demand grows, more and more developed countries will see companies set up production lines domestically in order to secure supply chain stability, according to battery industry source.

In addition to carmakers, Addionics said it was also in contact with tech companies for consumer electronics applications.