Dear customers, partners and shareholders,
First and foremost, I want to wish you and yours the best health and safety during these trying times. Business is important, but the mental and physical health of American and global citizens is paramount.
On behalf of the KORE team, I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the medical community, first responders, military men and women, and the individuals working hard each day to keep society moving forward. It may be difficult, but we will get past this.
From a business perspective, the energy storage sector faces challenges within its supply chain as a result of COVID-19 and its impact on the manufacturing and shipping of products to customers. Many industry participants are experiencing delays dating back to early February, reflecting the timing of the outbreak in China, creating the concern that there will be a supply shortage.
Like many, our business has been impacted by COVID-19 with the ramping up of commercial production of our Mark 1™ energy storage system experiencing delays.
We are now pleased to report that our manufacturing partner, Do-Fluoride Chemicals Co., resumed operations in mid-March and is presently working to meet KORE Power’s customer orders. KORE will have our Mark 1™ Battery Management Systems (BMS) and Mark 1™ modules shipped to industry participants for integration testing beginning in early April.
In addition, KORE Power remains on track to obtain certifications for the Mark 1™ module and rack in the second quarter of 2020. Our existing supply chain will allow us to meet customer orders for deliveries in the second quarter of 2020.
Concurrently, there are over 200 people at work commissioning our new 2 GWh Chinese manufacturing facility. This facility will be dedicated to satisfying the growing demands of KORE Power’s customers. Commissioning and full production is expected in June 2020.
We continue our state-by-state site evaluation for a US-based manufacturing facility, an objective that is more pressing than ever! One of the goals of this facility is, of course, to alleviate the supply chain concerns currently experienced by most companies in the energy storage sector, and also create hundreds and then thousands of American jobs. We are incredibly proud of this vision.
KORE Power is committed to transparency with our stakeholders. If you have any questions, please reach out to me or a member of our Team, and we will respond promptly.
Most important - stay safe, stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
ABOUT KORE Power:
Based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, KORE Power, Inc., is a leading US-based developer of tier 1 battery cell technology for the energy storage and clean energy industries. Powering the clean energy transition by serving global utility, industrial and mission-critical markets.
KORE Power designs and manufactures the industry-leading 1500V Energy Storage System. Developed to lower installation and operation costs with higher efficiency, the Mark 1 includes proprietary NMC cells and modules, with innovative safety features, managed and optimized by the Mark 1 BMS.
KORE Power serves the growing demand for applications such as replacing fossil fuel peaker plants, wind and solar plus storage projects, microgrid optimization, behind-the-meter C&I, e-mobility, mining energy solutions and the military.