CARBON will establish its R&D and training center in Istres

CARBON will establish its R&D and training center in Istres

The Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis and CARBON have officially committed to developing a major center of innovation and excellence for the photovoltaic industry in Istres: CARBON Lab. This new initiative marks a significant step for CARBON on its journey to becoming the future European leader in the solar industry.


The Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis is facilitating the transformation of a former industrial site

As the authority responsible for urban planning and territorial development, the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis is spearheading the implementation of a comprehensive strategy that promotes business growth, job creation, and environmental preservation in collaboration with public and private partners. CARBON’s significant industrial project for the solar industry plays a crucial role in this initiative, contributing to sustainable economic development locally, nationally, and across Europe. This project also supports the energy and economic sovereignty of France and Europe.

Upon the proposal of Martine Vassal, President of the Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Council and the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis, the Metropolitan Council has adopted a report today regarding a construction lease with CARBON. This lease will enable the establishment of the CARBON Lab project on a 13.9-hectare site located in the commune of Istres, adjacent to Miramas. The site includes several currently disused industrial buildings that will be rehabilitated. The project, which involves investments of at least 33 million euros (excluding tax) over multiple phases, is supported by the State through the France 2030 program. Ultimately, CARBON Lab will create 200 jobs in the metropolitan area, in addition to the 3000 jobs at the Fos-sur-Mer gigafactory.


With CARBON Lab, CARBON solidifies and expands its presence in the south of France

In addition to its gigafactory in Fos-sur-Mer and its industrial and commercial accelerator, CARBON One, the company is developing a new strategic component: CARBON Lab. Starting in 2027, this site will become a true center of innovation and excellence, supporting the activities of CARBON’s other locations.

For the record, CARBON has placed technological innovation at the heart of its industrial project. At least 3% of its annual turnover will be dedicated to R&D. The Istres site will host CARBON’s research, development, and innovation center, focusing on production processes and photovoltaic products. Additionally, it will support part of the company’s training activities. This site will feature technical platforms and operational production equipment to facilitate these activities.

In a second phase, the site will host a Solar Campus, an iconic venue and central hub for the entire solar industry and beyond. This landmark will serve as a meeting and exchange forum, as well as an international documentation and training center, open to the educational and economic sectors.