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ORGANIZATION AND DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS

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ORGANIZATION AND DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
ORGANIZATION AND DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS
Energy Vault Holdings, Inc., which together with its subsidiaries is referred to herein as “Energy Vault” or the “Company”, develops sustainable, grid-scale energy storage solutions designed to advance the transition to a carbon free, resilient power grid. The Company’s mission is to identify, develop, and bring to market the most economical, flexible, and sustainable energy storage solutions. To achieve this, the Company delivers turn-key energy storage solutions and energy management software systems to utilities, independent power producers, and large energy users to significantly reduce their levelized cost of energy while maintaining power reliability.
The Company’s project delivery strategy relies upon engineering, procurement, and construction (“EPC”) firms to construct its storage projects, while under the supervision of the Company’s dedicated teams tasked with project management. The current business model is comprised of the following product and service categories:
(1)Building, operating, and transferring energy storage projects to potential customers,
(2)Building, operating, and holding energy storage systems as equity (co-) sponsor,
(3)Selling energy management software as a service, and
(4)Entering into intellectual property license and royalty agreements associated with the Company’s energy storage technologies.
The Company’s subsidiary, Energy Vault SA, was formed in December 2017 in Lugano Switzerland to build a full-scale demonstration unit (the “CDU”), and serves as the Company’s research and development hub, and operates as the Company’s international headquarters.
Energy Vault was originally incorporated under the name Novus Capital Corporation II (“Novus”) as a special purpose acquisition company in the state of Delaware in September 2020 with the purpose of effecting a merger with one or more operating businesses. On September 8, 2021, Novus announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement for a business combination (the “Merger Agreement”) with Energy Vault, Inc. (“Legacy Energy Vault”) that would result in Legacy Energy Vault becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Novus (the “Merger”). Upon the closing of the Merger on February 11, 2022 (the “Closing”), Novus was immediately renamed to “Energy Vault Holdings, Inc.” The Merger between Novus and Legacy Energy Vault was accounted for as a reverse recapitalization. See Note 3 - Reverse Capitalization for more information. Energy Vault Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
Throughout the notes to the consolidated condensed financial statements, unless otherwise noted, the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our” and similar terms refer to Legacy Energy Vault and its subsidiaries prior to the consummation of the Merger, and Energy Vault and its subsidiaries after the consummation of the Merger.
Certain Significant Risks and Uncertainties
Prior to 2022, the Company was primarily involved in research and development activities. Currently, the Company continues to devote substantial efforts to product research and development, as well as initial market development. The Company is subject to a number of risks similar to those of other early-stage clean energy companies, including dependence on key individuals, the need for development of commercially viable products, competitors developing new technological innovations, the need to successfully commercialize and gain market acceptance of the Company’s products, protection of proprietary technology, and the need to obtain adequate additional financing to fund the development of its products and technology. These risks could be further complicated by the economic uncertainties described below.
The spread of the COVID-19 virus during 2020 and thereafter, along with inflation concerns, have caused economic uncertainty on a global scale, as well as significant volatility in the U.S. and global financial markets. The COVID-19 pandemic caused delays in the construction of the CDU in Switzerland due to Government mandated temporary stay-at-home and quarantine orders; however, it did not significantly impact the Company’s other core operations such as research and development and fund raising. The extent to which these economic uncertainties impact the Company’s business, operations, and financial results will depend on numerous evolving factors that management may not be able to accurately predict, and which may cause the actual results to differ from the estimates and assumptions that are required to be made in the preparation of condensed financial statements according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (“GAAP”).