The U.S. leads the world in grid-scale energy storage deployment, with nearly 5 gigawatts of power capacity projected to be installed annually by 2025. Despite the explosive momentum of the domestic storage market, the U.S. is lagging behind in domestic battery cell manufacturing. The U.S. continues to rely on foreign commercial manufacturers to supply the cells at the heart of battery systems.
As battery storage becomes a crucial technology for operating a resilient and efficient grid, dependence on imported cells is a growing risk to U.S. energy security.
KORE Power is in the process of bringing the first large-scale battery cell manufacturing facility to the U.S., demonstrating the capacity to strengthen the domestic supply chain for battery cells. This paper explores the economic, technological and geographic incentives – as well as key opportunities for public policy support – that can unlock the U.S.’s potential to become a global leader in battery cell manufacturing.