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A DOE boost for Vidalia graphite plant

Department of Energy conditionally commits to a US$107M loan for battery-grade graphite anode facility in Louisiana Metal Tech News – April 20, 2022


Last updated 7/12/2022 at 2:01pm

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Tesla's recently opened Gigafactory Texas near Austin is among the large battery and EV manufacturing facilities being developed in the U.S. that need graphite active anode material like that to be produced at Syrah's Vidalia facility in Louisiana.

To support American production of graphite active anode material, the single largest ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles, the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office has allotted $107 million to fund the expansion of Syrah Resources Ltd.'s Vidalia graphite processing facility in Louisiana.

With this and further expansions to follow, Vidalia is expected t...

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