Stellantis and LG Energy Solution (LGES) announced that their battery gigafactory joint venture in Windsor, Ontario will be named NextStar Energy Inc.
It will be Canada's first large-scale lithium-ion battery production plant, crucial especially for the electrification of the nearby Stellantis' Windsor Assembly Plant.
According to the press release, the two partners have appointed Danies Lee as chief executive officer (CEO). He previously held a series of global and regional sales and marketing roles for the promotion of lithium-ion batteries at LG Chem.
In a separate announcement, Stellantis revealed that has signed a binding offtake agreement with Controlled Thermal Resources Ltd. (CTR), related to the supply of battery-grade lithium hydroxide for use in Stellantis’ North America electrified vehicle production.
It potentially means that CTR will supply lithium hydroxide from California to NextStar in Canada, as well as to Stellantis' other battery JV, with Samsung SDI in Indiana.
The contracted volume is up to 25,000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide annually over the 10-year term. It's an important step to not only gain access to a steady supply of key materials but also make sure that they are locally produced.
"CTR’s Hell’s Kitchen Project in California’s Imperial County will recover lithium from geothermal brines using renewable energy and steam to produce battery-grade lithium products in an integrated, closed-loop process, eliminating the need for evaporation brine ponds, open pit mines and fossil-fueled processing."
"CTR will supply Stellantis with up to 25,000 metric tons per year of lithium hydroxide over the 10-year term of the agreement. Stellantis announced in late 2021 a similar supply deal to support its European vehicle production."
Stellantis-LGES joint venture in Canada in brief:
- name: NextStar Energy Inc.
- Investment: $5 billion CAD ($4.1 billion USD)
- Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
- Construction: scheduled to begin later this year (2022)
- Production: production operations planned to launch in the first quarter of 2024
- Type of batteries: lithium-ion battery cells and modules
- Capacity: in excess of 45 GWh/year
- Jobs: roughly 2,500