‘Battery revolution’? First US sodium-ion plant comes online.

By Jack Quinn | 04/30/2024 06:51 AM EDT

The DOE-funded plant is intended to jumpstart an alternative technology to lithium-ion batteries.

Natron Energy worker operates a machine

Natron Energy announced the start of commercial-scale operations at a sodium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan. Business Wire

The first sodium-ion battery plant in the U.S. started operations Monday, offering an alternative to lithium-based storage that currently dominates the market.

Natron Energy’s sodium-ion facility in Holland, Michigan, will begin deliveries in June, the company said. Production will eventually scale to 600 megawatts annually of sodium batteries slated for grid storage.

The plant will “position the company to lead the next battery revolution,” Natron’s co-CEO Wendell Brooks said in a press release. “As the world progresses toward a future powered by clean, renewable energy, continued innovation in the energy storage sector remains an absolute necessity,” Brooks said.


Natron is hoping to capitalize on the growth of energy-hungry data centers and find customers for grid-scale sodium batteries in large technology companies that may be averse to making long-term investments in lithium-based systems.