RENO, NEV. (2016) –– A publicly traded Chinese company’s investment of $2 million in a Reno-based startup that makes lithium-ion batteries is expected to accelerate expansion of the manufacturing capacity for Dragonfly Energy Corp.
Dynavolt Renewable Power Technology Co. Ltd. (0002684.SZ) invested $2 million to acquire 2 million shares of Series A Preferred Stock in Dragonfly Energy. The investment represents a one-third ownership stake in the company.
Dragonfly Energy started as an R&D company developing manufacturing methods for reducing the cost of energy storage. The company grew to manufacture and market a line of 12-volt deep cycle lithium-ion batteries for RV, marine and off-grid solar applications.
Denis Phares, chief executive officer of Dragonfly Energy, said the company is using the proceeds from the Dynavolt investment to widen its product offerings and accelerate its R&D program.
The company currently manufactures and sells batteries for consumer and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) applications, with a focus on serving the marine and RV industries.
Phares said expansion of Dragonfly Energy’s manufacturing capacity marks a major step in the company’s goal of lowering the costs of lighter, longer-life energy storage options for customers who currently rely on lead-acid batteries. The company relies on patented, environmentally friendly processes that reduce manufacturing costs.
Dynavolt, a leading maker of energy storage products, increasingly expects that lithium-ion and other renewable technology will drive its future growth. Dynavolt’s chairman, Lewu Chen, said that the investment in Dragonfly Energy, which is their first U.S. investment, gives them access to technology that is expected to lower their manufacturing costs.
The founders of Dragonfly Energy — Phares, Sean Nichols , David Gong and Evan Humphreys, Justin Ferranto — will retain their ownership of the company after the Dynavolt investment.
About Dragonfly Energy
Dragonfly Energy is a privately held technology startup based in Reno, Nevada that develops improved ion battery manufacturing and assembly methods. Dragonfly Energy technology can be customized for project needs, with the aim of reducing costs to the end user. Dragonfly Energy operates with the goal of deploying its innovative technology to make green, renewable energy an accessible commodity for the world.
The Abbi Agency