New BAFTA Battery
by Joel Sylvester (CTO)
Dukosi’s opened a new BAFTA battery test Laboratory, to further strengthen its disruptive wireless battery management solutions and to measure performance data in a safe, repeatable way. Whilst Dukosi is already a world leader in large lithium-ion battery management, and this new laboratory will be the foundation of it’s research and development around battery data.
Dukosi is collaborating with Aston Martin Lagonda (AML) and Imperial College London (ICL) on the BAFTA project – Battery Advances for Future Transport Applications. This project is co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, through the Faraday Battery Challenge programme.
The BAFTA project addresses some of the key challenges for effective battery design, including increasing the energy and power density of lithium-ion battery pack, understanding and predicting degradation in the cells and providing improved estimates of the vehicles range, power and health.
The BAFTA battery test laboratory has been built at Dukosi’s Edinburgh site. Module cycling equipment can charge and discharge as many as 100 cells at currents as high as 600A, emulating the power demands of high-performance vehicles. This is performed in environmental chambers controlling the cell temperature. Lab safety is ensured by a multi-layered safety system including filling the chambers with a pure nitrogen atmosphere. All cells are monitored continuously by two independent data acquisition systems which collect.
Dukosi CTO Joel Sylvester says “This facility fills a gap between pure research laboratories and battery product test. The massive amount of data from this lab will validate Dukosi’s technology for extending battery life and performance, both in automotive, but also for renewable energy applications”
With this battery test laboratory Dukosi will stay at the leading edge of lithium-ion battery management, developing and validating the advanced algorithms that will be embedded in the electric vehicles of the future.