Our History

Leclanché SA is a world leading provider of high quality energy storage solutions using lithium-ion cell technologies to accelerate our progress towards a cleaner energy future. Leclanché is the only listed pure play, energy storage company in the world and is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange.

Corporate Story

2022 Leclanché achieves significant breakthrough in safety of its lithium-ion battery technology with no compromise to cell performance
2022 Leclanché Announces Development of Third-Generation Marine Battery System for Electrification of Broad Range of Vessels
2022 Olmatic selects Leclanché to provide an 11.9 MWh LeBlock battery storage system for Sembach solar park in Germany
2022 Leclanché earns new certifications from DNV and Lloyd’s Register for its innovative battery storage system for 100% electric and hybrid marine vessels
2022 Leclanché equips MS Jungfrau, the first hybrid boat on Lake Brienz, Switzerland
2021 Leclanché Completes Second Hybrid Energy Storage System with S4 Energy
2021 Yara Birkeland, world’s first 100% electric and autonomous e-container ship, fully powered by a Leclanché battery system, prepares for commercial operation
2021 Leclanché Expands its Marine Electrification Solution to Include Fast Charger for Ports, Harbors and Vessels with Damen Shipyards as First Adopter
2021 Leclanché introduces a new generation of lithium-ion battery modules for e transport vehicles and vessels and unveils a high-volume European module production line
2021 Leclanché launches “LeBlock”, a fully modular and scalable solution designed to reduce the total cost of ownership
2021 Leclanché develops 65 Ah high energy lithium-ion pouch cell ideal for electric and hybrid bus and truck applications
2021 Leclanché selected by Slovakia’s ENERGODATA to provide battery storage system for novel application in Veolia Gas Power Plant in Levice
2021 Leclanché introduces INT-39, a modular, all-in-one, high energy battery system for use in wide range of hybrid and fully electric trucks and buses
2020 E-ferry Ellen, powered by a Leclanché battery storage system, wins European Solar Prize 2020 Award for demonstrating the potential of green electric mobility
2020 Performance results of Leclanché’s 60 Ah cells validate their use in fast-charge and long-range automotive applications
2020 Leclanché and S4 Energy Complete Hybrid Energy Storage Project to Serve Dutch Frequency Containment Reserve Market
2020 Leclanché Earns International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) Certification
2019 Leclanché SA is selected by Bombardier Transportation as preferred global provider of Battery Systems to power Rail Transportation
2019 Leclanché powers the world’s largest electric ferry connecting the ports of Søby and Fynshav, on the islands of Aerø and Als, in southern Denmark and carrying approximately 30 vehicles and 200 passengers
2019 Together with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the state-owned St. Kitts Electric Company (SKELEC), Leclanché announces the largest solar generation plus energy storage project ever to be built in the Caribbean
2019 Leclanché commissions Comau a global leader in advanced industrial automation products and solutions to build one of the world’s automated first manufacturing lines for lithium-ion battery modules for transport applications
2018 Joint venture with Exide Industries, India’s largest manufacturer of batteries.
2018 Acquisition of a Energy Management Software suite from Integrated Dynamics Inc.
2018 Leclanché reaches the 100 MWh milestone of stationary storage projects around the world.
2018 Leclanché is voted “Energy Solutions Provider of the Year 2018” by Global Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018.
2017 Leclanché becomes a fully, vertically integrated, energy storage solutions company.
2015 Ramp up of Graphite/NMC production.
2014 Start of Lithium graphite/NMC production.
2014 Full production of Lithium Titanate cells. First projects implemented.
2013 Ramp-up of the fully automated production line for lithium ion cells.
2012 Leclanché installs a production plant with a capacity of up to 1 million cells. The delivery of energy storage modules for solar and wind pilot plants and to energy suppliers begins.
2011 Leclanché begins constructing its new production plant in Willstätt, Germany. The company introduces water-based production of electrodes and builds the first energy storage modules for renewable energies.
2009 Leclanché installs in Willstätt (Germany) a fully automated pilot line for the production of large-format cells.
2009 Leclanché celebrates its 100th anniversary. Increase of production capacities in Willstätt, Germany.
2008 Leclanché leaves its original historic location and moves to a modern production site in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.
2006 Acquisition of Bullith AG, later renamed Leclanché Lithium GmbH. The company is involved in the production of lithium-ion batteries and is a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology. Development of the Leclanché separator and establishment of the Willstätt site in Germany.
2002 Reorientation of Leclanché SA to focus on the company’s integration expertise and future technologies.
1997 Business diversification by the foundation of CN Serpentine, a company developing urban hybrid transport systems based on magnetic gliders.
1987 Start of production of watertight, lead acid batteries under licence from Chloride, England.
1971 Construction of a new production plant for industrial batteries.
1964 Leclanché starts a series of mercury button cells.
1952 Start of production of flat elements to completion battery product lines.
1950 Start of production of “Leclanché Dynamic“ lead acid batteries.
1949 Start of production of oil-impregnated capacitors.
1942 Leclanché launches a comprehensive recycling programme for used cells and batteries.
1935 Partnership with SAFT, France, to produce iron-nickel and cadmium-nickel batteries.
1933 Partnership with Fulmen S.A., France, to produce lead acid batteries.
1922 Acquisition of the Sonceboz battery factory.
1919 Start of production of paper capacitors according to requirements of the Swiss Federal Telephone Administration.
1918 Installation of a testing and development lab.
1913 Start of production of batteries for torchlights.
1912 Acquisition of “Fabrique de piles de Fleurier“.
1909 Leclanché S.A. founded in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, for the production of dry cells.