Worley & Sila partner on sustainable materials plant

Relying on our delivery & battery materials experience, we’re excited to take this technology commercial says Tom Foster, President, US Operations, Worley

Australian international company Worley  is a leading global provider of professional project and asset services in the energy, chemicals and resources sectors that uses its knowledge and capabilities to support our customers to reduce their emissions and move towards a lower carbon future.

The company has partnered with Sila to build a next-generation battery materials plant that will manufacture high-performance nano-composite silicon anode for automotive customers.

Sila is a next-generation battery materials company on a mission to power the world’s transition to clean energy. As a company committed to American leadership in clean energy production, Sila is scaling its technology at its manufacturing facility in Moses Lake, Washington, having shipped the world’s first commercially available silicon anode for lithium-ion batteries in 2021. 

“We are pleased to support Sila in this next-generation project,” shares Tom Foster, President, US Operations, Worley. 

“Relying on our delivery capabilities and extensive battery materials experience, we are excited to take this emerging technology to commercial scale.”

Foster has held multiple positions at Worley since joining the company in 2008 as CEO Graduate Development Organisation. Originally from Australia, he has worked for the company in Australia, Brazil and the US. He completed a Masters in Business Administration at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and holds two Bachelor’s Degrees in Engineering and in Commerce from the University of Western Australia.

Constructing the future of sustainable energy

As global project delivery and asset services provider, Worley will provide engineering, procurement, and construction management services for the development of the Sila plant in Moses Lake, Washington. Once constructed, the facility is expected to power one million electric vehicles over the next five years. 

Sila has a patented process for the mass manufacturing of its nano-composite silicon anode, Titan Silicon.  Titan Silicon can fully replace traditional graphite anodes within lithium-ion batteries and delivers a 20 percent boost in battery energy density, enabling longer range and faster charge times for EVs.

“As Sila works to drive the world’s transition to clean energy, it’s critical that we succeed in two key areas: innovation and scale,” adds Chris Dougher, Head of Operations at Sila.

Daughter has been at Sila for six years, having previously spent 11 years at PPG Industries. 

“Titan Silicon delivers unmatched performance benefits that enable automakers to differentiate and meet the demands of their customers. Our partnership with Worley supports Sila in leading the charge in U.S. manufacturing by designing a world-class production facility in Moses Lake. This factory will allow Sila to meet the volume and quality requirements of our auto customers”. 


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