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Gold Coast to become heart of EV battery manufacturing as eLumina’s $20 million facility nears completion

The Gold Coast will be home to Australia’s first factory capable of producing both community lithium batteries and EV chargers as eLumina’s $20 million manufacturing facility approaches completion.

The factory will produce 300 batteries a year and create 300 jobs on the Gold Coast, capable of serving up to 100 Queensland households with reliable and cheaper renewable energy.

Chief Executive Officer of eLumina, Lisa Marsh, said on-shore manufacturing of critical EV technology, such as chargers and batteries, was essential to Australia’s energy 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.”

Ms Marsh said eLumina was proud to be building the factory in Queensland and grow the local industry.

“Queensland has the potential to become a world leader in next-generation battery manufacturing and research and development. Our centre is just the start of that. We are committed to making a fundamental difference to Australia’s clean energy economy,” she said.

“We’re building this facility using local talent and locally sourced parts and materials. Once it’s completed, it will support 300 high-skilled jobs, which will draw on the region’s talent.”

“Our world-class research and development training centre will al
so upskill hundreds of Queenslanders with the expertise to contribute to our evolving battery and EV charging sector.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the Gold Coast had an ambitious plan to secure a larger slice of the clean energy sector and the high skilled jobs it’s creating.

“Our Economic and Climate Resilience and Sustainability Strategies are all about backing the Gold Coast to use renewable energy and boost the uptake of renewables.”

“eLumina choosing the Gold Coast as home for Australia’s first factory building both lithium community batteries and EV chargers shows our city has the right settings, ambitions and support for businesses for advanced manufacturing to thrive.”

“I’m excited to see the thousands of EV chargers and batteries set to be deployed in Australia over the coming years to be stamped – ‘Made on the Gold Coast’.

To accelerate the deployment of its EV chargers across the country, eLumina has partnered with Addelec (formerly known as Gemtek), a leading installer of EV charging stations with national asset management capabilities.

“The number of EVs on Australian roads is growing rapidly and charging infrastructure needs to keep pace with that. The eLumina D1 with built in battery storage is a great option to have, especially considering the power challenges we have across Australia”  Addelec’s General Manager – Chris McPherson said.

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

Ms Marsh said building Australia’s sovereign capability in battery storage and EV technology would support the growth of green energy and electric vehicles.

“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.

About eLumina

eLumina, an Australian-owned company, manufactures top-of-the-line EV chargers known for its superior efficiency and reliability. It offers a wide range of battery energy storage systems (BESS) in various capacities to cater to the diverse requirements of industrial and commercial settings. Operated by Australians with a global presence, eLumina’s dedicated team of engineers strives to create a one-stop shop for innovative energy solution, redefining energy interactions and preparing businesses for the new generation of energy infrastructures.


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