Module characterisation

Battery test facility
Battery test facility

Consumer electronics, electric vehicles and the national grid; the diversity of applications using battery-based energy storage is endless.

A common sensitivity to all users is battery life-time and device performance. Better management of battery-based energy storage modules, and other non-battery energy storage systems, will extend module performance, and lifetime, offering a better financial return to the user / system operator.

State-of-the-art energy storage device test facilities have recently been installed, enabling the comprehensive testing of battery cells, modules, or the full energy storage system, including the power electronics, with realistic operating duties under a wide range of environmental conditions and over many operational cycles.  The energy storage equipment is funded through the EPSRC initiative on capital equipment for grid scale energy storage, and forms part of the government’s strategic investment in the ‘great technologies’ that have the potential to provide a foundation for future growth and prosperity.

Research focus

  • Module characterisation of commercial and emerging energy storage elements (supercapacitors or electrochemical batteries)
  • Examine effect of load profiles and environmental factors on capacity fade and module calendar life

Key applications

  • Characterisation of emerging energy storage elements:
    • Graphene based batteries / supercapacitors
    • Novel lithium based technologies
    • Combined battery supercapacitor modules
  • Energy storage bank characterisation for:
    • AC power networks, including smart grids
    • Plug-in hybrid or battery electric road / water vehicles

Collaboration with industry

The low-power characterisation and testing of energy storage modules forms part of a larger EPSRC funded research project Electrochemical Energy Storage with Graphene-Enabled Materials with the School of Chemistry at the universities of Manchester and Liverpool. Research is also ongoing with Extreme Low Energy on an EPSRC IAA project.

People

Academic Staff:  Dr Rebecca ToddProf Andrew Forsyth

Research team: 2 postdoctoral research associates and 2 PhD students.

Please contact one of the academic staff for further details of current research activity.

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