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Smart Cells from concept, design and development to manufacturing and evaluation

As we move towards a carbon neutral world, battery cell development and design will continue to evolve. Coventry University experts have the knowledge, facilities and software to support battery producers with the research, design and rapid prototyping of new smart cells.

Our research experts in the Centre for Advanced Low-Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS) focus on the development of new smart cells and support cell and battery system producers, battery management system developers and original equipment manufacturers to enhance and evaluate their cutting-edge technologies.

Techniques to optimise smart cell performance

Current “state-of-the-art” monitoring and control techniques for battery cells rely on full-cell potential and occasional surface temperature measurements. However, new smart cells such as electrochemical cells are complex multi-component devices and therefore these techniques produce poor results.

To unlock the full battery performance without jeopardising safety, we enable live in-situ thermodynamic characterisation. We then pair these new data sources with advances in battery systems, utilising existing battery cell and module elements to collect this new data.

The technology

Our technology supports the design, research and rapid prototyping of new smart cells and adaptive battery modules, enabling considerably greater performance while being safely harnessed from various Lithium-ion energy storage systems.

We work closely with a number of academic and industrial partners, such as cell and battery system producers and battery management system developers to enhance and unlock the full capabilities of their innovative technologies.

Our expertise and methods

At Coventry University’s Centre for Advanced Low-Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS), our battery facilities cover a range of electrochemical characterisation equipment and cell prototyping, as well as an electronics development lab.

These facilities enable a wide range of research activities – from prototype instrumented cell assembly, through precise battery grading and diagnostics, performance and safety evaluation, to recovery and recycling. 

Our research in this area is recognised by the academic world through our publications, projects and collaborations. This year, Dr Tazdin Amietszajew, Associate Professor in Battery Diagnostics at C-ALPS, secured an Industry Fellowship from the Faraday Institution to improve and commercialise battery technology, in collaboration with Breathe Battery Technologies. The project focuses on advancing battery management systems and cell behaviour tracking capabilities, with the aim of supporting the validation and development of new battery management and control approaches. 

Find out more

To find out more about our research excellence in Advanced Battery Diagnostics, please get in touch with Dr Tazdin Amietszajew, Associate Professor in Battery Diagnostics.

Alternatively, you can email the Clean Growth and Future Mobility team at Coventry University.

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