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Reno Lithium-Ion Battery Tech Company Nets $2 Million Investment


dragonfly energyDynavolt Renewable Power Technology Co., a publicly traded Chinese company, recently invested $2 million into a Reno-based startup called Dragonfly Energy that makes lithium-ion batteries.

The major investment, representing one-third ownership stake, is expected to accelerate expansion of the manufacturing capacity for Dragonfly Energy.

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.

Currently, Dragonfly Energy 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 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.

Erin Meyering
Erin Meyering
Erin Meyering is the Communications Specialist at Carson Tahoe Health. She previously worked as the Associate Editor of edible Reno-Tahoe magazine. After graduating from the Reynolds School of Journalism in 2014, she avidly pursued making writing and designing her career. On top area freelancing, she enjoys spending time doing yoga and hiking with her 75-lb lab/boxer mix, Biscotti.




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