Advanced diagnostics for rapid grading/screening of electric vehicle batteries

Advanced diagnostics for rapid grading/screening of electric vehicle batteries

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Reason for eligibility restriction: Funding requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 30th June 2020

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2020

For more details contact Dr Oliver Curnick.

About the project

The number of automotive battery packs reaching end of life is expected to increase from thousands to tens of thousands per annum within the next 5 years. These batteries typically retain up to 80% of their original capacity and therefore remain useful for second-life applications in portable and stationary energy storage, where power and energy density requirements are less onerous than those for electric vehicles.

Used batteries require grading to determine their residual capacity and power delivery capability in order to assign them an appropriate value in the second-life market. At present these grading activities account for a significant portion of the cost of second-life batteries, which at $70-100 per kWh remains high. These costs must come down in order to compete with the decreasing costs of new cells. The development of high-throughput grading techniques is therefore critical to the commercial viability of second-life batteries.

The project aims to develop diagnostic techniques capable of characterising used automotive batteries with a focus on speed and accuracy, and then to deploy these techniques in an industrial setting with the industrial sponsor Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions.

Funding details

This is a fully funded PhD Studentship based at Coventry University and Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions. The funding includes both fees and stipend at UKRI level, as well as a consumables and a travel/conferences budget.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills. All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Student will have an opportunity to participate in daily research activities within the group gaining first-hand experience with state-of-the-art technology and build an international network of collaborations, both academic and commercial.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
  • Willing to travel internationally for conferences and partner meetings.

How to apply

All applications require full supporting documentation and a covering letter, including supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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