Siemens to open digital battery technology centre in China with TIES

Siemens to open digital battery technology centre in China with TIES

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By Nick Flaherty

ABTIC aims to develop and provide digital solutions for production of next generation battery technology.

The Centre at a 500 million-yuan, 51,000 square meter facility in Liyang, China, will be dedicated to transforming and upgrading the advanced battery industry, including nurturing advanced battery technology research and development.

Through the deal with Siemens Digital Industries Software, the Centre will provide design and simulation, test and analysis, pilot verification and engineering simulation. It will also advise other manufacturing operations inside and outside China with digital manufacturing construction consulting services. This will allow the Centre to drive collaboration throughout the supply chain using ‘digital twins’ of manufacturing lines, and allow partners to develop leading-edge battery technology to provide longer range in electric vehicles.

“As the first digital innovation center in battery field we aim to provide comprehensive digital solutions for the innovation chain and production chain, from first principle calculation to digital twin factory, from materials to systems,” said Professor Hong Li, CeO of TIES. “This target is difficult to be realized but certainly worthy for long-term effort. Based on digital solutions, we believe we can understand the complex batteries and their processing precisely and produce the new batteries with unprecedented quality and reliability.”

“China is fast emerging as a peer to those countries long known as leaders in battery innovation, in part due to much concerted government and private investment, of which this Siemens-TIES partnership is a prime example,” said Pei Huang, CEO and Chief Analyst, at e-works, the leading media and research organization in Smart Manufacturing area in China. “The rise of China as an energy storage powerhouse is part of the much larger story of its dominance in the electric vehicle market, where it accounts for half of all EV sales globally and is expected to lead for decades to come. Given the breadth of Siemens Digital Industries Software, with enabling technologies serving most stages of the battery design, simulation and production process, also its deep relationships with EV market leaders in China and beyond, it’s no surprise TIES leadership selected Siemens as its key partner and supplier supporting this new center.”

Launched in April 2019, TIES was set up jointly by the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science and Jiangsu Zhongguancun Technology Park (Z-Park) for developing the new battery technology.  The ABTIC Innovation Centre is planned to open by the end of 2019. 

“Investing in the ABTIC Innovation Centre is a key step forward in helping our customers develop advanced battery technologies,” said Leo Liang, Country Manager for China at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “Battery design and manufacturing need to be tightly aligned due to product complexity, and the Innovation Centre will focus both on the technology incubation and development as well as advanced manufacturing techniques. Bringing these two key drivers together can help our partners have a competitive market advantage in developing batteries for electric vehicles.”

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