R&D and Smart Manufacturing

R&D and Smart Manufacturing

Research Institute

The ATL Research Institute is a world-class complex R&D center in battery materials, simulations and characterizations. It is comprised of 20 independent laboratories, including a central analytical laboratory, a simulation center, an advanced material synthesis laboratory, a process control laboratory, and others. The ATL's R&D team boosts approximately 800 R&D scientists and technicians, including more than 50 doctors and almost 500 post-graduates, many of whom have studied abroad. Our specialties include electrochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, analog computation, quantum chemistry, machine design, and others. ATL has applied for more than 1600 patents of which more than 900 have already been granted. Our patent portfolio leads our peers both domestic and abroad.

Advanced Materials

ATL Research Institute operates an Advanced Material R&D Center staffed with leading material experts. We have independently developed advanced cathode materials, advanced anode materials, electrolyte formulations, modified separators, and solid-state materials. ATL has a broad patent portfolio of more than 450 patents. Our expertise in materials allows ATL to continue developing and launching industry leading, state-of-the-art batteries.

Simulation

The ATL Research Institute operates a world class Simulation Center that has attracted talented scientists from around the world to work on topics such as:

  • Simulation of electrode materials

    Simulation of electrode materials

  • Simulation of electrolyte materials

    Simulation of electrolyte materials

  • Simulation of interface of electrode and electrolyte

    Simulation of interface of electrode and electrolyte

  • Simulation of drop

    Simulation of drop

  • Simulation of mixing and dispersal of high viscosity fluid

    Simulation of mixing and dispersal of high viscosity fluid

  • Simulaton of pack thermal management of safety and reliability

    Simulaton of pack thermal management of safety and reliability

Characterization

ATL Research Institute has a Central Laboratory which received its CNAS certification in 2008. It is equipped with the most advanced instrumentations and testing chambers. More than 6,200 testing channels can be used for chemical analysis, electrochemistry analysis, thermal analysis, reliability testing, thermal safety testing, and mechanical safety testing. The capital investment for R&D equipment is nearly 400 million yuan (US$60 million). Part of the Central Laboratory charter is to independently develop advanced analytical techniques pertaining to lithium-ion batteries, including the rapid evaluation of materials and prototype cell design methodology, a systematic methodology in cell failure mechanism, the enhancement of battery performance and long-term life prediction, and the assessment of battery abuse. The Central Laboratory is also tasked with making safety improvements, and overall product quality.

Characterization

Integration Design

The founding philosophy of ATL has always been to focus on customizing and optimizing cell designs by putting the emphasis on quality and a safety-first concept. With an over-arching product design perspective, ATL seeks to deliver optimal and holistic solutions to its customers, taking into consideration elements such as product performance, material selection, cell structure, energy density, cycle life, simulation, verification, supply chain, product cost, quality implementation, manufacturing process and equipment development.

Integration Design

Smart Manufacturing

ATL's smart manufacturing methodology is in line with the policy of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to integrate IT and advanced manufacturing. We implement a smart traceability system so that we may monitor at all-time incoming materials, production batches, key operations, critical machinery, and processes for all our products. Coupled with advanced flexibility and a high degree of specialized automation, ATL's smart manufacturing concept allows us to maintain superior quality control while ensuring that we can meet our customers' volume requirements in a timely manner.

  • Packing

    Packing
  • Electrolyte injection

    Electrolyte injection
  • Formation

    Formation
  • Open circuit voltage testing

    Open circuit voltage testing