Design, Build and Validation of a Low-Cost Programmable Battery Cycler

Karsten Propp, Abbas Fotouhi, Vaclav Knap, Daniel J. Auger

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Abstract

The availability of laboratory grade equipment for battery tests is usually limited due to high costs of the hardware. Especially for lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries these experiments can be time intensive since the cells need to be precycled and are usually cycled with relatively low loads. To improve the availability of test hardware, this paper conducts a study to design and test a low cost solution for cycling and testing batteries for tasks that do not necessarily need the high precision of professional hardware. While the described solution is in principle independent of the cell chemistry, here it is specifically optimized to fit to Li-S batteries. To evaluate the accuracy of the presented battery cycler, the hardware is tested and compared with a professional Kepco bipolar power source. The results indicate the usefulness for application oriented battery tests with real life cycles, although inaccuracies occur in the current measurements.
Original languageEnglish
JournalECS Transactions
Volume74
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)101-111
Number of pages11
ISSN1938-6737
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
Event17th International Conference Advanced Batteries, Accumulators and Fuel Cells [ABAF 17th] - Brno, Czech Republic
Duration: 28 Aug 201631 Aug 2016
http://www.aba-brno.cz/

Conference

Conference17th International Conference Advanced Batteries, Accumulators and Fuel Cells [ABAF 17th]
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
CityBrno
Period28/08/201631/08/2016
Internet address

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