January 20, 2023: Recharge Industries announced on January 16 that Accenture, the Dublin-based information technology services firm, will be its engineering and design provider to build its gigafactory in Australia.
The large-scale lithium-ion battery cell production plant, to be located in Geelong, Victoria, at full capacity will generate up to 30GWh of energy storage per year. Recharge Industries says it will make it one of the world’s largest.
Building will start in the second half of 2023, with the goal of producing batteries equal to 2GWh annually in the second half of 2024 and 6GWh by 2026. At full capacity, the factory will directly employ up to 2,000 workers.
Recharge Industries has secured the production equipment for the first 2GWh production line, which is scheduled to arrive in Australia in May.
The two companies will also collaborate with Charge CCCV (C4V) a technology partner of Recharge Industries, to support the project’s timing. C4V will provide IP, supply chain blueprints and technology concepts for battery manufacturing, which will accelerate the project.
Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of Recharge Industries, sid: “Establishing a sovereign manufacturing capability to produce state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery cells is critical to Australia’s renewable energy economy – meeting national demand, generating export income and securing supply chains.”