30 June 2020 online
“Do not stop here; keep looking for collaboration”
The first half of the PANDA project is completed, and the EC conducted its mid-term review. The partners presented the scientific progress to the project officer and an external reviewer in an online meeting. The main developments are on schedule, and the first major result is ready: a Simcenter Amesim platform based on the energetic macroscopic representation (EMR) formalism.
“Your innovation looks very robust”, the reviewer said, “and I’m happy to see the progress.” The project officer was positive too: “The idea behind PANDA is very interesting: an open, flexible platform that (if successful) will be especially interesting for SMEs. And it’s good to see you are organising joint workshops with related projects. I hope you will not stop there and continue to look for collaboration.”
Of course, there is still a lot of work to be done. The project officer: “The challenge is to get all the actors on board: the users, the software companies, the industry, etc.” In the second half of the project the partners will use the new platform to build and test electrical vehicle (EV) models. It will be key to come with a clear message regarding the benefits of PANDA. “We want to show that we can reduce the time-to-market of EVs by 20%,” says Prof. Alain Bouscayrol, project coordinator. “That is an ambitious goal, and I am confident we will achieve it. All partners are enthusiastic and committed. We’re looking forward to the coming 18 months!”