The Taiwanese solid-state battery cell manufacturer ProLogium has appointed Accuracy, the global independent financial and strategic consulting firm, to advise on the location of its first major Gigawatt-hour (GWh) battery factory in Europe and to work with its International Development team.
Investment in the new factory will total US$8bn over the next decade. The factory is expected to be one of Europe’s biggest gigafactories, with a three-phase construction and ultimately an annual capacity target of 120 GWh when the third phase is completed.
Accuracy says the competition between European countries to secure ProLogium’s factory has been intense. Both the construction and operation of the gigafactory are expected to generate substantial economic benefits for the chosen region, creating thousands of highly-skilled jobs both at the plant itself and within the supply chain. Many governments in Europe have started initiatives to support the growth of electric vehicle batteries, putting green technology at the heart of their long-term economic plans.
ProLogium is seeking its first overseas site for production of next-generation solid-state batteries in Europe or in USA in light of the exponential growth in demand for electric vehicles over the next decade. In Europe, the firm has initiated a feasibility study for potential sites including locations in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom (alphabetically).
Solid-state batteries are among the most promising and disruptive battery technologies, offering advantages in terms of safety, energy density, fast-charging capability, recyclability, weight optimisation and costs. Many European markets are making a strong commitment to the battery industry, with the aim of positioning themselves as gigafactory hubs.
“For most Asian companies actively going abroad, one of the keys to success is a solid foundation rooted in strategic planning.” Mr. Vincent Yang, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of ProLogium Technology said. “Site selection requires not only the right technology and solutions for that market, but also in-depth knowledge of local market demands and trends. That’s why we’ve chosen Accuracy as our advisor for one of our most important milestones.”
Accuracy says that its advice to ProLogium on selection of the site involves detailed analysis in two phases. Phase One looks at shortlisting over 90 sites across the 13 European markets, identified based on a range of criteria including:
- the region’s pool of skilled labour
- existing electric vehicle ecosystem and supply chain
- access to transport networks
- access to renewable energy sources
- energy security
- incentives available
In Phase Two, Accuracy undertakes a detailed financial analysis of each site selected through Phase One, including sensitivity analysis to understand impact to profitability for each site. One outcome of discussions with different European agencies is that many European markets have already allocated sites for gigafactories. This has resulted in competition taking place between states and regions to offer the most attractive site.
ProLogium’s first production line for consumer applications began operating in 2013, and its roll-to-roll EV battery pilot line began production in October 2017. The battery maker owns proprietary technologies covering over 500 (applied or awarded) patents worldwide and has established more than 4,000 quality control items in its production processes, achieving 99.9% yield for its single-layer cell manufacturing and 94% yield for multi-layer cells.
The company has already shipped more than one million cells for consumer electronic applications (from 15mAh to 1Ah) with a very high level of customer satisfaction. It has already begun testing and certification processes with key global car OEMs by delivering nearly 8,000 EV battery cells (50-60Ah). These results laid a solid foundation for its global gigafactory plan.