Virtual born Reality

The research and development of innovative energy storage concepts calls for efficient development processes. For us, the key lies in the intelligent integration of virtual approaches to modelling, simulation and prototyping. Precise, fast and cost-effective.

The consistent use of digital technologies enables us to carry out research and development work faster and more efficiently.

Groundbreaking innovations are usually the result of countless tests with expensive prototypes. We dispense with that, because the world in our computers is at least as good as the real one. In our DigiLab, we can use virtual prototyping to help us generate digital models of products, processes or even entire systems and to work interactively to explore their respective functionality – exactly as you would do with a physical object in the real world, only faster, more precisely and more cost-efficiently. Even complex processes can be split into simply interpretable sub-processes and analysed. We can digitally simulate all model functions without having to build physical prototypes. Powerful computer programmes help us interpret numerical computer simulations to provide us with valid model analysis right down to the molecular and atomic level. This saves money on building real prototypes and also speeds up the simulation and analysis phase. The final step is to use the virtual model to create a physical model of the respective application in order to optimise the balance between design requirements and technical feasibility in product tests under real-life conditions. Digital modelling and virtual prototyping demand a huge amount of specialist expertise. To simulate reality with mathematical models, the computer must first be fed with information. Only when this is accurate can the virtual result match the subsequent reality. Our many years of knowledge and our experience in the digital modelling and virtual prototyping of flow cell technologies allow us to achieve maximum system benefits that ultimately lead to innovations like the nanoFlowcell and the bi-ION electrolytes becoming reality. Our digital R&D facility – DigiLab – is central to our innovation management and set up to function in future as a the competence centre for an agile flow cell network that can bring together ideas and capabilities from an expanded research and development network.