Sep 14, 2021
Redwood’s plan to produce sustainable battery materials: anode copper foil and cathode active materials
Today, Redwood is announcing a more than $700M external investment from a carefully selected group of strategic investors who understand the mission and value of what Redwood is working to achieve. The round was led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and includes Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Baillie Gifford, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Fidelity. In addition, all Series B investors, Capricorn's Technology Impact Fund, Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, returned for this round and Valor Equity Partners, Emerson Collective, and Franklin Templeton also participated.
At Redwood, we know that in the coming decades, all transportation will be electric and all electricity will be sustainable. The lithium ion batteries and other materials needed to power these solutions will need to be reused. Redwood is creating a closed-loop supply chain for electric vehicles and energy products, making them truly sustainable and continuing to drive down the costs for batteries.
“With this capital, Redwood will be able to accelerate our mission to make battery materials sustainable and affordable, accomplishing the change we need in the world with a circular economy,” said JB Straubel, CEO, Redwood Materials. “We’re grateful for these strategic investors who bring decades of experience investing in and supporting companies that build transformative technology and who understand the mission and value of what Redwood is working to achieve.”
“We are excited to begin this investment in the talented and accomplished team at Redwood as they expand their pursuit of building a world-class sustainable, closed-loop battery supply chain for electric vehicles,” said Joe Fath, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Growth Stock Fund. “In our view, the need for these materials will grow exponentially over time as we enter the era of de-carbonization. We believe Redwood is well-positioned to be at the forefront of tackling this emerging and critically important problem.”
Redwood is currently developing processes to produce battery materials to resell into the battery supply chain. We’ve partnered with Panasonic at the Gigafactory, Envision AESC in Tennessee, and with Amazon to recycle EV and other lithium-ion batteries and e-waste from parts of their businesses, among others.
Last month, we announced our plans to triple the size of our Carson City facilities to 550,000 sq. ft., build another site on 100 acres in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, and create more than 500 additional jobs in the next couple years. With this round we’ll be able to significantly expand our capabilities and create new battery materials in the US for the first time.
We’re grateful to our new and existing partners who have joined us in the mission to create a fully closed-loop battery materials supply chain to power our sustainable future. We look forward to being a key supplier of the critical materials that build the world’s electric vehicles and clean energy products!