Capgemini and Verkor to speed up battery production in Europe

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Engineering services firm Capgemini has joined French-based energy storage firm Verkor to accelerate the production capacity of low-carbon batteries in Southern Europe through the creation of a first 16GWh Gigafactory.

Capgemini will help Verkor achieve excellence in manufacturing low-carbon batteries by leveraging the full potential of digital and data.

Commenting on the development, Benoit Lemaignan, the CEO of Verkor, said: “We are delighted to attract such prestigious value chain partners to help deliver our vision of a competitive and sustainable battery supply chain in Europe. The key to our success is unifying the very best in talent, resources, and expertise from across the globe so that we can work in an agile, fast-follower mode to bring locally manufactured, low-carbon battery cells to the market by 2023.

Capgemini’s market-leading capabilities in engineering and digital skills will enable us to refine our manufacturing process to reduce waste and improve the environmental and economic performance of our business model.”

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Verkor will boost battery production in France with the support of EIT InnoEnergy, Schneider Electric, GROUPE IDEC and now Capgemini.

The aim is to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles and stationary storage.

Roshan Gya, managing director Southern & Central Europe at Capgemini Invent, adds: “Developing a resilient and sustainable battery supply chain in Europe is critical for the energy transition and for the future of our automotive industry. Digital will play a key role in securing the competitiveness of European Gigafactories.

We are excited to apply our know-how in digital and contribute hand in hand with Verkor to the creation of a modern, connected and highly efficient Gigafactory in France.”