The battery labs at CAR span 1000 square feet spread across three separate rooms:
- Main battery lab
- Battery pack fabrication lab
- High voltage lab and a hardware-in-the-loop and battery management systems lab
Each lab offers industry-standard technology; their shared goal is to improve the batteries’ efficiency, durability, charging speed, safety and cost.
The main battery lab features new state-of-the art battery cyclers, environmental chambers and liquid chillers. These allow researchers to determine how a battery holds up to years of use and abuse. The main battery lab will support the testing of research of low voltage cell to mild 48V systems. The pack fabrication lab is equipped with spot welders and high voltage tools required to safely operate on battery packs. The high voltage lab has battery cyclers capable of testing high voltage (900V) battery packs.
Researchers can run simulations in the updated hardware-in-the-loop and battery management systems lab to test control strategies in conjunction with battery models and hardware.
Support research in energy storage systems:
- Materials development/characterization
- Model calibration
- Control & SoC/SoH estimation
- Systems integration
Provide engineering services for the integration of battery systems for diverse applications:
- Automotive xEV (commercial, private, off-road)
- Aerospace xEV
- Grid and home energy storage
- State of the art battery cyclers for cell characterization
- Current range: µA to 1000A
- Voltage: Cell (<5V), Module (<60V), Pack (<900V)
- Thermal management testing and design
- HIL/SIL capabilities and BMS testing and calibration
- Fabrication of module/pack prototype.