ProLogium to Build €5.2b Battery Gigafactory in France

At a glance
  • €5.2 billion investment confirmed at the Choose France Summit on May 15, 2023.
  • Production to start by end of 2026, with construction beginning in the second half of 2024.
  • ProLogium's gigafactory will produce 48 GWh of solid-state batteries.
  • The project will create 3,000 direct and 12,000 indirect jobs by 2030.

Investment and Location

ProLogium is investing €5.2 billion to establish its first large-scale solid-state battery manufacturing facility outside Taiwan, located in Dunkirk, France. This investment will be confirmed at the Choose France Summit on May 15, 2023, with French President Emmanuel Macron visiting Dunkirk on May 12, 2023, to show support.

Project Goals

The project aims to localize supply chains, enhance R&D activities, and manufacture next-generation batteries in Europe. ProLogium's objectives include establishing a European presence, mass-producing EV batteries, and supporting the EU automotive industry's energy transition, especially with the upcoming 2035 ban on ICE car sales.

Timeline and Production

Construction of the 48 GWh gigafactory is set to begin in the second half of 2024, with production expected to start by the end of 2026. The facility will also include an R&D center, contributing to the French government's green reindustrialization strategy.

Technological Advancements

ProLogium's solid-state batteries replace traditional liquid electrolytes with robust ceramic separators and uninflammable solid-state electrolytes, offering improved safety, higher energy density, and faster charging times. The company also developed a patented recycling technology to support a sustainable circular economy.

Economic Impact

The gigafactory is expected to create 3,000 direct jobs and 12,000 indirect jobs in Dunkirk by 2030. The location was chosen for its infrastructure, access to low-carbon electricity, and proximity to Northern European automotive plants and shipping networks.