Aided by high power prices and riding a wave of momentum to bring renewable production capacity back to Europe on energy security grounds, French start-up Carbon hopes to be in the vanguard of the EU's solar renaissance with a target to build a first gigafactory in its home market by 2025.

The French plant ideally should receive first orders in 2024, have a pilot line of 1-2GW operating in 2025 that delivers first modules that year, and would subsequently be ramped up to a manufacturing capacity of 5GW, Carbon chairman Pascal Richard told Recharge.