Recharge Industries and Accenture to engineer a gigafactory in Australia

Recharge IndustriesTM, a Scale Facilitation® portfolio company, has engaged Accenture as its engineering provider to move forward on building one of the largest gigafactories in Australia. 

At full capacity, the lithium-ion battery cell production facility in Geelong, Victoria, will generate up to 30 gigawatt hours (GWh) of storage capacity per year for electric vehicles (EVs) and stationary energy storage markets. Construction will begin in the second half of 2023, with the goal of producing batteries equal to 2 GWh annually in the second half of 2024 and 6 GWh by 2026. As operations expand, the factory will employ 1,500 to 2,000 workers. 

What does the partnership mean for the two companies?

Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of Recharge IndustriesTM, said: “Establishing a sovereign manufacturing capability to produce lithium-ion battery cells is critical to Australia’s renewable energy economy – meeting national demand, generating export income and securing supply chains.”

“Our factory, which we are building with the assistance of Accenture’s engineering and capital projects expertise and underpinned by C4V’s IP and battery tech, will create jobs and attract large-scale investment from Australia, the Indo-Pacific region, and other parts of the world.” 

Soeren Schrader, Managing Director at Accenture’s digital engineering and manufacturing service, Industry X, commented: “Companies, economies and nations must speed their energy transition, a task hampered by ongoing disruptions in the global supply chains.”

Soeren Schrader, Managing Director at Industry X

“Recharge IndustriesTM advanced manufacturing facility will go a long way in helping tackle these challenges. This project is a testament to our deep engineering and industry expertise.” 

What are the specifics of the partnership?

Recharge Industries and Accenture are now moving the project into the detailed engineering phase, which will lay the foundation for the facility’s construction. The two companies signed a contract covering the following Accenture consulting and engineering capabilities:

  • Advisory on the facility layout, including utility planning and set-up of the production lines
  • Assistance in procuring and shipping the required equipment
  • Conduction of final tests of all line equipment
  • Ongoing process and product engineering support to improve battery production

Recharge IndustriesTM has secured the equipment for the first 2 GWh production line with binding off-take contracts and secured funding. The equipment is scheduled to arrive in Australia in late May 2023. The two companies will collaborate closely with Charge CCCV (C4V), a technology partner of Recharge IndustriesTM, to support the ambitious timing.

Charge CCCV (C4V) provides proven Intellectual Property (IP), a qualified supply chain, blueprints and technology concepts for battery manufacturing, which accelerate planning, engineering, and construction. Accenture will work closely with Recharge IndustriesTM to adapt C4V’s IP to the conditions and requirements of the Geelong manufacturing plant.

Accenture will collaborate with top engineering, procurement, and construction management firms to be formally announced in the coming weeks, following a rigorous global tender process led by Phil King, Global Head of Real Estate and Development at Scale Facilitation®