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Quallion Seeking $9M from California Energy Commission in Cost Sharing for Li-Ion Battery Manufacturing Facility

Quallion LLC has submitted a final proposal to the California Energy Commission for cost sharing on the expansion of the company’s California lithium-ion battery manufacturing facilities. If granted, the Energy Commission will provide up to $9 million in cost sharing for Quallion’s lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility if the company receives a federal award in response to its application for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Recovery Act-Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative, which was submitted on 19 May 2009 (earlier post).

If its DOE and Energy Commission bids are granted, Quallion will begin construction of a new lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility immediately in southern California, with a completion target of 2012.

The initial focus for Quallion’s new facility will be the production of zero emission advanced lithium-ion batteries designed to replace engine idling as a power source for stationary trucks. Anti-idling laws, which forbid the use of engine idling in a stationary truck to power electrical systems that run air conditioning, heat, etc., exist in 24 states and the District of Columbia. The state of California has some of the most rigorous laws, which have a minimum fine of $300 for idling, up to $10,000.

Quallion currently produces high volume medical and military batteries as well as custom-designed aerospace batteries. Cell designs range from the world’s smallest conventional lithium ion cell (a cylindrical 1.8 mAh cell) for medical implants to large 15 and 72 Ah prismatic cells. Quallion also has extensive experience with the commercialization of its module type battery configurations using its proprietary Matrix technology that will allow for scalable battery designs that can be quickly and cost effectively reconfigured for use in a variety of vehicles from heavy duty trucks to passenger cars.

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