Professor Scott Moura and the Energy, Controls, and Application Lab (eCAL) have been awarded a Samsung Global Research Outreach (GRO) award to study battery management systems for achieving long range in electric vehicles (EVs).
This project focuses on significantly enhancing the available energy density of electric vehicle batteries by operating them at their electrochemical limits - safely. The key enabling idea is to leverage recent advancements in control theory with recent advancements in electrochemical battery modeling.
Ultimately, these advanced algorithms allow EV batteries to capture more energy from recuperative braking than traditional algorithms, as one concrete example of enabling extended range.
This project will leverage a newly launched Battery-in-the-Loop test facility in Davis Hall. This state-of-the-art test facility allows eCAL researchers to experimentally prototype electrochemical model-based battery control systems.