Unless you live in North Korea (in which case you won’t be allowed to read this anyway), you’ll know that President Obama got sworn in on Monday, much to the relief of the renewables sector. We’re certainly very aware that the current funding his policies have initiated have been a huge shot in the arm for innovation in energy storage.
Here are some recent projects that are now being backed by US DoE agency, ARPA-E –all of which might have a hand in overcoming some of the current technical problems in the battery sector:
Laser-guided Ultrasonic Battery Monitoring
From GTI, a laser-guided, ultrasonic electric vehicle battery inspection system that would help gather precise diagnostic data on battery performance.
Thin-film Temperature Sensors for Batteries
Thin-film sensors that enable real-time mapping of temperature and surface pressure for each cell within a battery pack, being developed by GE.
Wireless Sensor System for Battery Packs
LLNL is developing a wireless sensor system to improve the safety and reliability of lithium-ion battery systems by monitoring key operating parameters of Li-Ion cells and battery packs.
ORNL’s temperature-regulated Li-Ion cells are being designed to increase cooling efficiency and result in better battery performance at substantial system-level cost savings.
Embedded Fiber Optic Sensing System for Battery Packs
Fiber optic sensors that would be embedded into batteries to monitor and measure key internal parameters during charge and discharge cycles are being developed by PARC.
Reconfigurable Battery Packs
A reconfigurable design for electric vehicle battery packs that can re-route power in real-time between individual cells, currently in the pipeline at PSU.
Battery Monitoring and Control Software
Bosch is developing battery monitoring and control software to improve the capacity, safety and charge rate of electric vehicle batteries.