EnerG2 marks first year at Albany plant
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
A year after coming online in Albany, the EnerG2 facility remains the only manufacturing plant in the world dedicated to the commercial-scale production of engineered carbon material, according to company officials.
EnerG2, maker of engineered carbon material for energy storage, declared its federally funded plant in Albany a success Thursday, one year after opening its doors.
The plant regularly employs about 25 workers, scaling up to 30 during periods of high demand. The plant is built out with equipment to run at 100 percent capacity.
Officials at Seattle-based EnerG2, which last month closed on a $9.4 million venture investment, say that its Willamette Valley plant is the only one in the world producing advanced, nano-structured carbon materials.
The company is tight-lipped about its production figures and the customers it is serving — makers of advanced batteries and related energy storage devices. Officials say the company has relationships with more than 100 customers and potential customers, all of which must test the material before integrating it into their product.
"We're chasing customers of all sizes. But I expect we will at least double or triple the customer count over the next year or 18 months," Chris Wheaton, chief operating and financial office at EnerG2, told Sustainable Business Oregon.
EnerG2 received a $21.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to build the Albany plant, an investment that Wheaton said the company has made good on.
"It's a proud thing. We did what we set out to do and created dozens of jobs," Wheaton said. "The Department of Energy put their money to good use."
Wheaton said the company continues to field calls from potential investors and will take on more private funding as needed to finance growth.
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