ProLogium, a pioneer in the development and production of next-gen EV solid-state battery solutions, has been granted approval by the European Commission for its first large-scale solid-state battery manufacturing plant outside Asia, located in France. The Commission’s endorsement comes in the form of a significant grant, underlining ProLogium’s role in realizing the European Green Deal and EU battery strategy.
Why It Matters
The French government’s grant, sanctioned by the European Commission under the European framework for State aid for research, development, and innovation (RDIF), will provide robust support for ProLogium’s project. This project aims to research and develop a new generation of batteries for electric vehicles and establish a 48 GWh gigafactory in Dunkirk, France. The total investment amounts to €5.2 billion, with ProLogium set to receive the €1.5 billion grant in stages until 2029.
- ProLogium will share the technical results of the project and collaborate with local industry, academia, and customers based on FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-discriminatory) conditions and mutual benefits.
- ProLogium was permitted to participate in the IPCEI (Important Project of Common European Interest) on Batteries in December 2022 and will continue its collaborations with direct partners in this IPCEI.
- The project’s endorsement signifies the commercial viability of ProLogium’s solid-state battery technology.
- The project will not only supply the European automotive industry with advanced batteries manufactured using decarbonized energy but will also play a crucial role in the French government’s green reindustrialization strategy.
The approval of this substantial grant is a testament to ProLogium’s potential contribution to achieving Net Zero in France and Europe, as well as the value of their innovative solutions. The gigafactory will not only create 3,000 jobs but also establish a comprehensive research and development ecosystem. This project promises significant economic benefits, strengthening both French and European economic sovereignty while driving the transition towards a greener industry.
The next step for ProLogium is the launch of the public consultation process under the aegis of the CNDP, which will begin in September 2023. Construction of the Gigafactory is set to begin in the second half of 2024, with production estimated to start by the end of 2026. ProLogium is actively scouting locations for its R&D center and will initiate the recruitment process, seeking talented professionals to spearhead these projects.