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The Lithium-Ion Battery Megafactories Are Coming [Chart]

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The Lithium-Ion Battery Megafactories Are Coming [Chart]

The Lithium-Ion Battery Megafactories Are Coming [Chart]

The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays.

Everyone has heard about Tesla’s $5 Billion Gigafactory and its potential to double lithium-ion battery production capacity. However, it turns out that this merely a cog in the wheel of a bigger trend. Data from Simon Moores of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence shows that there are several other large-scale facilities coming online in the next five years that will potentially bring that number substantially higher.

Today’s production capacity is approximately 35 GWh worldwide. However, once Tesla’s Gigafactory and the other facilities being built by LG Chem, Foxconn, BYD, and Boston Power are complete, we will have a total capacity in 2020 of around 122 GWh. This exponential ramping up of production capabilities proves that companies are serious about scale and reducing costs.

For investors and speculators in the lithium, graphite, and cobalt sectors, there is no doubt that this could be a big boon. While these megafactories will have more negotiating power in their contracts for industrial metal sourcing, they will not be able to create this supply out of thin air.

These companies will need a diverse array of sources for industrial metals to reduce any supply risks. The sources also need to be socially responsible, ethical, and professionally managed. Tesla has already stated that they are unwilling to source from places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where over half of cobalt supply originates. This creates an interesting dynamic and playing field for the mining companies in this space, and it will be worth watching as battery production ramps up in the coming years.

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Visualized: The Growth of Clean Energy Stocks

Visual Capitalist partnered with EnergyX to analyze five major clean energy stocks and explore the factors driving this growth.

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The Growth of Clean Energy Stocks

Over the last few years, energy investment trends have shifted from fossil fuels to renewable and sustainable energy sources. Long-term energy investors now see significant returns from clean energy stocks, especially compared to those invested in fossil fuels alone.

For this graphic, Visual Capitalist has collaborated with EnergyX to examine the rise of clean energy stocks and gain a deeper understanding of the factors driving this growth.

Sustainable Energy Stock Performance

In 2023, the IEA reported that 62% of all energy investment went toward sustainable sources. As the world embraces sustainable energy and technologies like EVs, it’s no surprise that clean energy companies provide solid returns for their investors over long periods. 

Taking the top-five clean energy stocks by market cap (as of April 2024) and charting their five-year cumulative returns, it is clear that investments in clean energy are growing:

CompanyPrice: 01/04/2019Price: 12/29/20245-Year-Return %
First Solar, Inc.$46.32$172.28272%
Enphase Energy, Inc.$5.08$132.142,501%
Consolidated Edison, Inc.$76.55$90.9719%
NextEra Energy, Inc.$43.13$60.7441%
Brookfield Renewable Partners$14.78$26.2878%
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But how does this compare to the performance of fossil fuel stocks? 

When comparing the performance of the S&P Global Oil Index and the S&P Clean Energy Index between 2019 and 2023, we see that the former returned 15%, whereas the latter returned an impressive 41%. This trend demonstrates the potential for clean energy stocks to yield significant returns on an industry level, sparking optimism and excitement for potential investors. 

A Shift In Returns

With global investment trends moving away from traditional, non-sustainable sources, the companies that could shape the energy transition provide investors with alternative opportunities and avenues for growth. 

One such company is EnergyX. The lithium technology company has patented a groundbreaking technology that can improve lithium extraction rates by an incredible 300%, and its stock price has grown tenfold since its first offering in 2021.

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