ATL Research Institute is a comprehensive laboratory which integrates material development, testing, validation and other functions. Nearly 20 independent labs are under the jurisdiction. The strength and number of patents of the research & development team are leading in the industry at home and abroad.
ATL Research Institute operates an Advanced Material R&D Center staffed with outstanding 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 800 patents. Our expertise in materials allows ATL to continue developing and launching industry leading, state-of-the-art batteries.
The ATL Research Institute operates a Simulation Center that has attracted talented scientists from around the world to work on topics such as:
Simulation of electrode materials
Simulation of electrolyte materials
Simulation of interface of electrode and electrolyte
Simulation of drop
Simulation of mixing and dispersal of high viscosity fluid
Simulaton of pack thermal management of safety and reliability
ATL Research Institute has a Central Laboratory which received its CNAS certification in 2008. It is equipped with 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 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.
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.
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.
Open circuit voltage testing