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$20 million eLumina battery facility nearing completion

The Gold Coast is set to become a key region in Australia’s EV battery industry following the construction of a new eLumina factory

Australia’s first factory capable of producing both EV chargers and lithium batteries is nearing completion and will be housed on the Gold Coast.

eLumina’s $20 million manufacturing facility will produce 300 batteries per year and will have the capability of servicing 100 Queensland homes with reliable and cheaper renewable energy.

Queensland is currently positioning itself to become a world leader in the battery production industry. Last week the state government announced the release of a new database aimed at all levels of the battery supply chain in an attempt to progress the industry.

In addition to the lithium battery production, eLumina has partnered with Addelec (formerly known as Gemtek) to accelerate the deployment of its EV chargers across Australia.

Addelec General Manager Chris McPherson says the partnership will help domestic battery industry keep pace with increasing demand for EV-friendly infrastructure.

“The number of EVs on Australian roads is growing rapidly and charging infrastructure needs to keep pace with that,” McPherson says.

“The eLumina D1 with built in battery storage is a great option to have, especially considering the power challenges we have across Australia.

“Producing EV chargers in Australia will make it easier to meet demand and to support the exciting transformation to more sustainable transport.”

eLumina CEO Lisa Marsh says a continued growth in on-shore EV technology manufacturing is critical to Australia’s future.

“Global demand for batteries is soaring. We have record solar uptake and energy generation in Australia, but we need battery storage at scale to harness its full potential,” she said.

“Through battery storage we can capture this energy and ensure reliable and cheaper off-grid power to all Australians. This insulates communities from power outages and saves them money.

“By producing this technology in Australia, we can provide families with cheaper power and give more people confidence to drive an EV.”

The factory is set to be operational by August 2024.

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