SSOE was selected as the A/E services provider for KORE Power’s greenfield battery cell production facility, KOREPlex. KORE Power is the leading U.S.-based developer of battery cell technology for the energy storage and electric transportation industries. The design / build team, comprised of KORE Power, Yates Construction, and SSOE, began design in late 2021 with an 18-month build, beginning construction mid-2022.
Some of the advanced manufacturing attributes of KOREPlex will include fully automated cell assembly lines, automated material movement and handling, an automated packaging line, and a pandemic-ready design to allow for safe workspaces. KOREPlex will operate with netzero carbon emissions through strategic partnerships and solar -plus- and storage cogeneration. The facility’s many cleanrooms are designed to provide ISO Class 6 and 7 cleanliness while maintaining very low humidity requirements throughout the space, some targeting a temperature / humidity setpoint within the -45°C dew point range. The design uses dedicated desiccant chilled water dehumidification units to dry the air, while also providing space-level cooling. The rooms also utilize fan filter units to allow for HEPA-level filtration and overall cleanroom pressurization requirements.
The design of the KOREPlex facility provides SSOE with an opportunity for our team to draw upon our unique expertise in the battery manufacturing sector—combining our understanding of large-scale manufacturing facilities with a technical mastery of controlled environments and process engineering.
The KOREPlex facility will support up to 12 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery cell production, producing nearly 60 million battery cells annually. This new facility supports a reliable and independent U.S. supply chain for lithium-ion battery cells, which is critical to the future of electric vehicles, power grids, and more. The facility will have the production capacity provide power for 3.2 million homes per year.