Det Norske Veritas (DNV) says its proposed project for exploring the outer limits of battery operations has been selected by the US Department of Energy and will receive funding from the Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E). In cooperation with partners NexTech Materials and Beckett Energy Systems, the DNV led project will use battery-life-prediction modeling and sensor monitoring to identify where the limits of battery operation can be pushed. By implementing the modeling and sensor approach, together with an innovative new sensing technique, the project aims to extract greater performance from batteries.
The project is innovative because it uses a novel and new off-gas-sensing technique, which improves safety while deploying life prediction models for commercial application. This detection method can optimize performance and help repurpose batteries for other applications. A second outcome of the project will involve the demonstration of second life batteries in an energy storage application.
To date, there has been much discussion about a second life of batteries. Little data is available, however, about successful use of second hand batteries in commercial applications. DNV KEMA Powertest facility in Chalfont, Pa. will host the test work. The company says it is the largest independent high-power electrical testing laboratory in the U.S.
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