Innovative battery technology is a key aspect in the acceleration of the energy transition. Due to the increasing electrification of transport, battery usage will experience a significant rise now and in the coming years. Furthermore, batteries play a significant role in the balance between the generation and usage of sustainable energy. The Battery Competence Center is a public-private partnership in which competencies and knowledge are developed for the field of battery technology.
Though manufacturing of (current-generation) battery cells might not be foreseen in the Netherlands, integration of cells in (heavy-duty) vehicles does take place in the Netherlands. Such integration requires revisiting the vehicle design and the development of diagnostics/monitoring and prognosis, so as the ensure longevity and safety. The Control Systems group focusses on the development of user-friendly and sophisticated battery simulation tools, and algorithm development for Battery Management Systems (BMS) that allow monitoring/diagnosis/charging and life-time prognosis of battery modules. Accurate (combined electrochemical and thermal) battery models and appropriate non-invasive parameterization methods, along with the implementation of the developed models supports industry in making vehicle and battery-module design decisions, while the BMS algorithms enhance safety and longevity of the batteries.
Key research points for TU/e in this project are:
•Development of a user-friendly battery modeling toolbox
•Parameterization methods of battery models
•Development of detailed electrochemical battery models including aging
Battery modeling and BMS algorithm development is a complex field containing a consistent battle between accuracy, optimization and usability. Thus, teams like the Battery Competence Center at TU/e play a significant role in the generation of knowledge and skills in the field of battery modeling and control.