ProLogium looks to France for next battery factory

Taiwanese solid-state battery cell manufacturer ProLogium is apparently favouring Europe over the US for its planned first overseas factory. According to insiders, the factory will be built in the northern French port city of Dunkerque.

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An official announcement is to be made next Friday in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron. This is according to reports in the French business newspaper Les Echos and the news agency Reuters. Both refer to internal sources. The plant is to be ProLogium’s largest and the second worldwide – the other is in Taiwan. The production start is planned for the end of 2026, they say. The investment volume until 2030 is to amount to 5.2 billion euros and the plant is to create up to 3,000 jobs.

ProLogium had announced in September 2022 that there was to be a solid-state battery cell factory outside Taiwan. At that time, Europe or the USA were mentioned as locations – and an annual capacity of 120 GWh in the final stage. There is no update on the latter figure in the above-mentioned media reports.

ProLogium’s plant in Taiwan, on the other hand, is only designed for up to 3 GWh. “A substantial share” of this production capacity is to go to investor VinFast from 2024. In addition, both sides are looking into setting up a joint venture to build a solid-state battery factory in Vietnam. VinFast and ProLogium had already concluded an initial letter of intent in 2021. At the beginning of 2022, Mercedes-Benz also announced a stake in ProLogium with a high double-digit million euro amount and agreed on a joint development of next-generation battery cells with the Taiwanese company. Posco has also been part of the group of investors since last year.

But back to northern France: for this region, the ProLogium factory would be one of four battery cell production facilities currently planned there. Verkor is also building a battery factory for Renault in Dunkerque. Envision AESC will produce at the Renault site in Douai. And the battery cell joint venture Automotive Cells Company (ACC) of Stellantis and Total, founded in 2020 and joined by Mercedes-Benz in 2021, is building a factory in Douvrin. According to our information, the latter will open this month, specifically on 30 May.

“The idea is to create an ecosystem in the region, from production to recycling. To create a whole industry in the Hauts-de-France region, which has suffered a lot from deindustrialisation,” one of the unnamed sources is quoted by Les Echos.

Update 15 May 2023

ProLogium has officially announced its plan for a factory in France. As previously leaked, the Taiwanese solid-state battery cell manufacturer’s first European factory will be built in the northern French port city of Dunkerque. ProLogium will invest the aforementioned €5.2 billion to build a 48-GWh factory and research and development center there. Construction is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2024, with production starting in late 2026. The latter had also been accurately reported above.

According to ProLogium, 90 sites in 13 European countries were available for selection for factory construction. Dunkirchen, according to the company, was particularly convincing with its transportation infrastructure, generation and supply of green electricity, and proximity to northern European automotive plants and the rapidly developing northern French battery economy. (in French), (update)

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about „ProLogium looks to France for next battery factory“
22.05.2023 um 23:55
The problem I see here is that Prologium seems to be claiming around 218Wh/kg of energy density at the cell level. Guoxan High-Tech is saying their next generation LFMP battery cell will be at 260Wh/kg and CATL is saying their (soon to be) solid-state battery will be around 350Wh/kg at the cell level. The one with the best energy density and safer chemistry will win in the end of BEV battery chemistry adoption. The tell here is in the battery cell manufacturing sector, the ones with the ability to quickly drop in the latest/greatest battery chemistry technologies will survive, the rest will struggle and fail.

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