Saft Launches Industrial Production at Jacksonville Lithium-Ion Battery PlantSeptember 18, 2011 by Jeff Shepard
Saft inaugurated what it says is the world’s most advanced automated lithium-ion battery factory, in Jacksonville, Florida.
This high-volume, state-of-the-art production facility is dedicated to building advanced lithium-ion cells and batteries for energy storage for renewable energy, smart grid support, broadband back-up power, transportation and defense.
Saft’s 16th facility worldwide is also a unique example of technical innovation, including the production of 1MW of solar power from the largest rooftop photovoltaic system in Florida and fully-automated, totally flexible production lines capable of building multi new-generation Li-ion technologies.
With an annual sales capacity of $300M, Saft Jacksonville will meet growing customer demand for high performance, competitive energy storage solutions and will play an important part in the development of the new-energy economy.
Saft was presented with incentives from the state of Florida and the city of Jacksonville to build the plant, and construction of the 235,000-square-foot facility was further funded by a $95.5 million federal grant from the Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
John Searle, Saft’s CEO declared, "I am delighted that our most advanced facility ever is now ready to serve our customers who are demanding ever higher performance energy storage solutions. Saft’s strategy is to actively address these new opportunities with our latest generation lithium-ion technology."