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Recharge Industries™ Retains Gigafactory Design Firm, Jacobs, For Australia’s Largest Gigafactory

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

February 6, 2023, Geelong, Victoria, Australia - Recharge Industries™ has retained Jacobs to lead the design of its Australian advanced battery manufacturing production facility in Geelong.

Jacobs is globally recognized as one of the top firms in designing advanced manufacturing facilities. Jacobs has ranked No. 1 on both Engineering News-Record (ENR)'s 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 Top 500 Design Firms and Trenchless Technology’s 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 Top 50 Trenchless Engineering Firms. A highly regarded, experienced industrial design firm, Jacobs has delivered large-scale advanced manufacturing facilities in the EV industry and is well suited to design one of the world’s largest “Gigafactories” in Australia.

At full capacity, Recharge Industries™ large-scale lithium-ion battery cell production facility in Geelong will generate up to 30 gigawatt hours (GWh) of storage capacity per year for electric vehicles and stationary energy storage markets. Construction will be phased to begin at 2GWh annual production and ramp up to 6GWh, 12GWh and then to 30GWh. As operations expand to 30GWh, the factory will employ an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 workers.

“Jacobs is a best in class, industrial design firm, and we are eager to get to work with them. They have outstanding experience at designing advanced battery facilities and understand the complexities involved in assuring the plant meets the highest production, environmentally sensitive and worker safety standards,” says Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of Recharge Industries™.

“This project will continue to help Recharge Industries create a more sustainable future and a more balanced battery supply chain,” said Koti Vadlamudi, Senior Vice President, Global Business Units, People & Places Solutions at Jacobs. “Jacobs’ track record of delivering large-scale, complex advanced manufacturing facilities and our mission to create a more connected, sustainable world suits this critically important program.”

“Jacobs’ excellent track record with large and complex industrial design projects like ours is impressive, to say the least,” says Phil King, Global Head of Real Estate and Development Operations at Scale Facilitation®, the parent company of Recharge Industries™.

“The scope of their work with us will include: master planning, architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, electrical, hydraulic, fire protection, process & control engineering, and much more. Their involvement in the project is a major plus on every level, given their deep experience on similar projects and strong commitment to adhering to the highest safety and environmental standards.”

About Recharge Industries™ Generating our green future, Recharge Industries™ is establishing a large-scale lithium-ion battery cell production and research capability in Australia. Using world leading artificial intelligence (AI) and multinational research partnerships, we are finding ways to make batteries better, safer, and longer lasting. We are powering the transition to a low emissions future by creating advanced battery cell manufacturing capabilities onshore.

For more information on Recharge Industries™, please visit or connect with Recharge Industries™ on Linkedin and Twitter.

About Jacobs Jacobs is challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world's most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With approximately $15 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 60,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector. Visit and connect with Jacobs on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About Scale Facilitation®

With its Global Headquarters in Manhattan and its Global Innovation Center in Geelong, Australia, Scale Facilitation® is working bilaterally to bring together research, advanced manufacturing, capital, supply chains and talent.

Scale Facilitation® is an investment firm with a novel approach de-risking projects by empowering innovators to maintain focus on their craft and facilitating the many critical services and capabilities required to deliver large-scale advanced manufacturing and innovation projects. Scale Facilitation® removes the many barriers to commercialization for innovators by giving access to the right strategic partners and collaborators who will adopt and scale their inventions.

For more information on Scale Facilitation®, please visit or connect with Scale Facilitation® on Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook.

Contacts: Marie T. Oates (US) Recharge Industries™ Scale Facilitation® +1 617 290 7795 Eva Marchingo (AUS) Recharge Industries™ Scale Facilitation®


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