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2nd-hEVen

Partners: Future Transport Systems Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover, Videre Global Ltd

The project will research and develop variations on Future Transport Systems' existing E-STOR energy storage system, identifying how it can use a range of 2nd life batteries of different types and states of degradation.

Partners will also research the economics and business cases associated with the use of 2nd life batteries. A key area of research in the project is the use of 2nd life battery storage systems in developing countries and Videre Global, a specialist in smart grid systems in the developing world will assist in determining and testing market requirements.

We will undertake research into the use of 2nd life battery module based systems. Ultimately the project will help accelerate development of the E-STOR technology for high volume enployment.

Battery Degradation for Grid-connected Electric Vehicles

Partner: AVL

The overall aim of this collaborative project is to demonstrate the revenue-generating and carbon emissions lowering potential of vehicle to grid (V2G) services to both ultra-low emissions vehicle (ULEV) owners and car manufacturers through the exploration of real-world big data.

Circular Economy for Battery Systems

Developing energy storage circular economy / second life capability

Coventry Very Light Rail

This is a collaborative project with industrial partners to develop a radical train featuring self-propelled bogies and offering significant reductions in vehicle weight. The target specification is for an 18m long 60 seat railcar with a weight per linear metre of less than 1 tonne (less than half the weight of current vehicles) and a target selling price on £500k, significantly less than for current vehicles.

By integrating a high efficiency diesel hybrid powertrain onto the vehicle bogies the project will deliver a proven sub-system that is a product in its own right, allowing vehicle integrators around the world to use proven powertrain solutions.

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ELEVATE - Electrochemical Vehicle Advanced Technology

Partners: Loughborough University, Jaguar Land Rover, Intelligent Energy, Yuasa Battery UK, National Physical Laboratory, SSE, Johnson Matthey, HVM Catapult, Lotus Engineering

One of the most promising routes for decarbonising the transport sector is the use of electrochemical power and storage technologies (e.g. batteries, fuel cells and supercapacitors). However, challenges persist in terms of performance, durability, cost, integration together within vehicles (hybridisation) and interfacing with the electricity grid.

The EPSRC funded ELEVATE project is working on a technology innovation chain that adopts a system-to-materials approach. The project will identify, optimise and scale-up new materials into devices; develop novel diagnostic techniques in the lab and for on-board monitoring and control; and validate the technologies in a hybrid vehicle.

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Energy Storage Modelling

To undertake mid-TRL research, using and extending our advanced modelling and test techniques to further our understanding of battery degradation and to explore how this knowledge can be monetised through new services – e.g. bespoke models/tests, industry guides and new algorithms. ​

ESCIPODS, IUK

Partners: Westfield Sportscars, Zap&Go, Potenza, Heathrow Enterprises

ESCIPODs is a collaborative project funded by Innovate UK and led by Westfield Sportscars to develop existing autonomous vehicles for higher efficiency and extended range. It builds on existing research and development that has been carried out in the UK to propose a novel and innovative solution for clean and efficient urban transportation.

This will be achieved by developing a new hybrid supercapacitor and Lithium-Ion battery system for deployment in both new and retrofit PODs.

EV-elocity

Partners: Honda UK, University of Nottingham, The Peel Group, Cenex, Ecar Club, Brixworth Technology and a UK-based energy supply business, Leeds City Council, and Nottingham City Council.

The EV-elocity consortium will conduct a project to demonstrate and develop vehicle-to-grid technology across a variety of UK locations, including airports and business parks – with the aim of proving its viability and worth to business and the wider public.

We will build a techno-economic model of how V2G will be viable within the UK. A key innovation will be the inclusion of new models of battery degradation within the analysis that will underpin new methods to optimise the vehicle’s battery system.

Dr Marco’s team will also analyse real-world usage data from a range of different electric fleet vehicles as they are used within a V2G context.

The project will break new ground in helping consumers, businesses and infrastructure providers to financially benefit from adapting their charging behaviour and vehicle use.

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Safe Transport of Lithium Ion Batteries

In freight classification, lithium-ion batteries are classed as dangerous goods and are therefore subject to stringent transport regulations. One such guideline is the requirement for batteries to be transported at a state of charge (SoC) of 30%. Under such conditions, a significant amount of the battery’s energy is stored; in the event of mismanagement, this energy can lead to ignition and fire.

In a previous proof of concept study on Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) cells we have shown that the battery cells are safer to transport at 0 % SoC without compromising functionality. However, validation of this concept to demonstrate that this advice is general for other cell chemistries and for battery module and packs is crucial to UK industry that relies on lithium-ion cells e.g. automotive, aerospace, grid, renewables etc.

This research will help entire supply chain from new battery manufacturer to remanufacturer for second life to recycler.

SINTBAT

Partners: VARTA, CEA, EurA Consult, Uppsala University, Materials Centre Leoben, University of Warsaw

Funded by Horizon 2020, the Sintbat project aims at the development of a cheap energy efficient and effectively maintenance free lithium-ion based energy storage system offering in-service time of 20 to 25 years. Insights gained from advanced in-situ and in-operando analysis methods will be used for multi scale modelling targeting the simulation of ageing mechanisms for a reliable lifetime prediction and enhancement. In addition, the latest generation of anode materials based on silicon as well as a prelithiation process for lifetime enhancement will be implemented in the cell manufacturing process.

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