City of Alameda officials announced yesterday that Sila Nanotechnologies, a battery research and development company founded by former Tesla Motors engineers, will move from Atlanta to a new 31,000 square-foot headquarters in Alameda by the end of this month.
The company, founded in 2011 by Tesla Motors alumni and a professor from the Georgia Institute of Technology, has received funding from Silicon Valley venture capital firms Matrix Partners and Sutter Hill ventures, and the U.S. Department of Energy and National Science foundation.
With 20 full-time scientists, engineers and technicians, the company develops and manufactures patented advanced composite materials that make lithium-ion batteries lighter, smaller, and less expensive.
Tesla Motors, which has a factory in Fremont, California, uses lithium-ion batteries in its electric cars.
Gene Berdichevsky, chief executive officer of Sila, said that expedited permit processing was a key factor in settling on the Alameda location.
A City of Alameda press release did not identify the specific Mariner Square Loop address of the new headquarters.