Gotion ships first German battery, signs Siemens for digital twin, AI

Gotion ships first German battery, signs Siemens for digital twin, AI

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By Nick Flaherty

Chinese battery maker Gotion High Tech has shipped the first battery from its €2bn plant in Germany and signed a deal with Siemens for digital twin and AI technologies for its factories.

The first locally produced battery from the automated battery pack assembly plant at the former Bosch plant in Göttingen is a milestone event for Gotion’s first battery production and operation base in Europe.

 Gotion also signed cooperation agreements with BASF, ABB, Ebusco, and Ficosa for equipment and Siemens for digital twin software. This comes as Gotion signs a joint venture deal with InoBat in Hungary for a battery factory.

“Our Göttingen factory’s production line is highly automated, with an overall automation level of nearly 70%, and close to 80% in the module assembly stage,” said Ray Chen, Vice President of Gotion Global. 

The current battery pack capacity plan for the Göttingen factory is 20GWh, which is expected to be completed in four phases. Once fully operational, it is estimated to generate an annual output value of €2bn. 

Gotion plans to supply products for European customers from the plant from October for commercial vehicles, energy storage systems, and passenger vehicles. The factory will also serve as an R&D, logistics, and after-sales service centre.

“At present, Chinese enterprises employ over 100,000 individuals in Germany, a number that continues to grow. This workforce plays a crucial role in providing significant technical impetus in key areas of the future. Germany will have at least 15 million all-electric vehicles on its roads by 2030, and it is still a long way from achieving this goal,” said Michael Schumann, Chairman of the Board of the Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade (BWA) in Germany.

The company is to use digital twin and AI technology from Siemens to digitally transform battery manufacturing process, connecting R&D, manufacturing and management to accelerate digital product development.

Gotion intends to use artificial intelligence enabled industrial control system technology to build a closed-loop digital research and development, manufacturing and management platform. The two companies will explore the use of digital twins and battery specific digital threads in product research and development, production and manufacturing and technical services.

“The new era is about material transformation and digitization. As an enterprise with a strong sense of mission and responsibility, Gotion High-tech is striving to build an energy science system based on materials science and digital science. By integrating digital technology into the entire process of material research and development, production and manufacturing, product operation, and battery recycling, it hopes to truly achieve its goal of green energy accessible and sustainable, empowering the future,” said Li Zhen, Chairman of Gotion,

“The cooperation between Siemens and Gotion High-tech aims to enhance the operational capabilities of global factories through the joint creation of Gotion’s digital Intelligence plant,” he said.

“As an advocate and practitioner of Industry digitization, Siemens is very pleased to work with Gotion High-tech to help the company achieve digital transformation in the field of new energy power batteries and energy storage,” said Leo Liang, senior vice president and managing director for Greater China, Siemens Digital Industries Software. “As a reliable partner, Siemens will fully assist Gotion High-tech in improving its digital level, enhancing its innovation and competitiveness globally.”

In Europe, Gotion will further collaborate with BASF on battery material-related projects. Gotion and ABB from Switzerland will work together on battery product supply and technology R&D, to support Gotion’s new factories in Europe and the United States. Cooperation with Ebusco will focus on the development and production of energy storage battery systems and wind and solar energy storage projects. In addition, Gotion will cooperate with Ficosa and Idneo in intelligent mobile energy storage and charging vehicles, battery banking, battery recycling, BMS, and Big Data engineering.

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