Company Profile

A123 Systems Inc
Profile last edited on: 3/23/23      CAGE: 4KFQ2      UEI: WERHMPED5XR5

Business Identifier: Advanced Lithium-Ion based cells for rechargeable battery packs
Year Founded
First Award
Latest Award
Program Status
Inactive (Acquired)
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Location Information

200 West Street
Watertown, MA 02451
   (617) 778-5700
Location: Multiple
Congr. District: 05
County: Middlesex

Public Profile

A123 Systems represents a high-action story. In March 2014 NEC Corp acquired the grid energy storage business of A123 Systems. Two years earlier - in October 2012 - A123 Systems Inc had filed for chapter 11-bankruptcy reorganization before being acquired by Wanxiang America Corporation - the North American subsidiary of Chinese auto parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group (January 2013). Building out from MIT developed technology, had designed, developed, manufactured, and sold rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and battery systems. The batteries - based on the firm's nanophosphate technology - were offered for application development in the transportation, electric grid services, and consumer markets. The company's energy solutions group offered various packaged systems, as well as sub-module building blocks for battery system development. The firm's development of integrated systems included packaging of its batteries and power electronics, safety systems, thermal management, testing, production, and qualification. The company designed standard systems, as well as custom systems using a modular design based on standard building blocks. It manufactured various battery systems, in which batteries are connected in various configurations to meet the design requirements of specific applications. A123 Systems supplied battery systems to BAE Systems for various applications; to Gillette for use A123 technology in their consumer products (excluding power tools and certain other consumer products); to Black & Decker, which developed various product lines using its batteries. The company also consideried opportunities in emerging applications, including lawn and garden tools and vacuums and is developing and selling products for consumer applications, selling primarily through a network of global distributors. It also sold its batteries and battery systems directly to end-user customers, as well as through reseller and distributor channels.

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Synopsis: Awardee Business Condition

Employee Range
Revenue Range
Over 50M
VC funded?
Publicly Traded
Stock Info
IP Holdings

Awards Distribution by Agency

Most Recent SBIR Projects

Year Phase Agency Total Amount
2003 2 DOE $849,160
Project Title: An Advanced Cathode for Li-ion Batteries

Key People / Management

  David Vieau -- President

  Grace S Chang -- Vice President, Manufacturing

  Yet Ming Chiang -- Founder

  Ricardo Fulop -- Co-Founder; Vice President, Business Development

  Gilbert N Riley -- Co-Founder; Vice President, Research & Development