Louisville’s Solid Power showcases facility, solid-state battery work to local, state officials

Louisville company showcases solid-state battery facilty

Rep. Joe Neguse hugs Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones during a next-generation transportation and clean energy event at Solid Power in Louisville on Monday.

A Louisville startup opened its door to local and state government officials on Monday to showcase its work with solid-state batteries.

Gov. Jared Polis, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Boulder, along with Boulder County and Louisville officials filled, Solid Power on Monday afternoon to learn about the start-up and its solid-state batteries.

Solid Power creates rechargeable batteries and has recently partnered with Ford and BMW Group to create solid-state batteries for electric cars. Solid-state batteries replace the liquid electrolyte in a conventional lithium-ion battery with an ion-conducting material.

“Our solid-state batteries provide a major improvement in energy density, safety, and reliability compared to the best lithium-ion cells available,” according to a company statement. “Together, these performance attributes can enable profound performance improvements of battery-powered devices such as electric vehicles, medical devices, aircraft, and satellites through increased run time, increased safety, and lower cost.”

Doug Campbell, CEO of Solid Power, said he was proud of the work the company does and calls it “a big deal.”

“One of the things, I’m really proud about is one of the industry’s largest continuous roll-to-roll pilot production facilities for solid-state batteries, right here in Colorado,” Campbell said.

Solid Power was founded in 2012 as a spin-out business from the University of Colorado Boulder. Currently, it resides in the Colorado Tech Center inside a 21,000 square foot building.

In December 2017 Solid Power and BMW Group came together to develop Solid Power’s solid-state batteries for electric vehicle applications and to WORD the company’s technology toward automotive requirements for high-performance electric vehicles.

In September, the company closed a $20 million in a Series A investment round.

Solid Power and Ford Motor Company teamed up in April to develop all solid-state batteries for the next-generation electric vehicles.

Polis said the Louisville company is setting an example of clean energy industries in the state.

“Solid Power is such a great example for the technology for our fleet energy sector is getting better each day,” Polis said. “Solid Power is such a great example for the technology for our fleet energy sector. It’s creating good jobs right here in Colorado, helping to diversify the economy. Solid Power is really a great success story.”

Polis added that the sooner more electric vehicles are on the road, the sooner citizens can breathe cleaner air.

Gardner said he remembered visiting the company when it was still in the beginning stages at the university.

“The work you do with high performance all solid-state batteries is remarkable,” Gardner said. “It’s no wonder the work here has attracted the Department of Energy, NASA, the Air Force, it’s extremely remarkable what you’re doing.”

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