Two months after Rockwell Automation CEO Blake Moret disclosed battery cell manufacturer Nanotech Energy Inc. as a new customer, Nanotech confirmed the partnership and said it will include a new facility in Chico, California.

Nanotech called the partnership far-reaching and said the deal follows extensive personal conversations between Moret and a team of senior Nanotech Energy executives.

American-made, graphene-based battery cells will go into full production in early 2024 at the new 150-megawatt manufacturing facility known as Chico 2, Nanotech Energy said. Final processes are being refined ahead of a launch that will eventually generate 30,000 18650 lithium-ion rechargeable battery cells per day, the company said.

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