Siemens digital twins for ACC battery gigafactories

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By Nick Flaherty

Siemens and Automotive Cells Company (ACC) are working together on digital twin technology for battery gigafactories across Europe.

The Xcelerator tools will be used to develop digital twins for plants in Billy-Berclau Douvrin, France, Kaiserslautern, Germany and potentially Termoli, Italy, strengthening  the position of Siemens as a key technology partner for automotive battery manufacturing.

Under the agreement, Siemens will become ACC’s preferred supplier in automation, digitalization, and electrification technology and could also provide funding for the gigafactories. Siemens had previously signed several technology partnerships with Northvolt and Inobat in Europe as well as LGChem.

The Xcelerator open digital business platform was launched in June with a curated portfolio of IoT-enabled hardware and software and commitment to strong partnerships aims to accelerate digital transformation.

Siemens will provide ACC with access to its Digital Enterprise portfolio of hardware and software: from production design to product design, from product lifecycle management to energy management systems. As a starting point, Siemens and ACC plan to create comprehensive digital twins of the battery and the production lines. This will use the ‘Totally Integrated Automation’ and Teamcenter software from Siemens Xcelerator for design and manufacturing to scale-up production.

“The emergence of a European equipment industry is a key success factor for ACC, whose ambition is to be a European leader of automotive battery cells and modules. We must facilitate the establishment of an entire battery ecosystem, covering the entire value chain. In this perspective, being able to rely on Siemens is very important for ACC. Throughout the project, Siemens Xcelerator offers the perfect set of solutions for our needs” said Yann Vincent ACC CEO.

“Sustainably designed and produced batteries are good for the planet and good for our business, as they power the green transition and drive new growth” said Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, and CEO Digital Industries. “As a prime partner in the transformation of the automotive industry, it is natural for us to join forces with ACC, as we aim to jointly develop a sustainable European electric vehicle battery production.”

The agreement also covers energy management systems to create a carbon net zero factory and involves potential financing options via Siemens Financial Services.

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