Towards next generation battery management system platform for vehicles

  • Energy storage

iBattMan is a Horizon Europe funded project that stands for “Smart, Connected and Secure Battery Management System Enhanced by NextGeneration Edge and Cloud Computing, Sensors and Interoperable Architecture“. The kick-off meeting is hosted by IREC in Barcelona from January the 23rd to the 24th, 2024.

In this project, leading European universities, research centres, and companies within the battery supply chain are bringing their expertise and innovations together to create the next-generation BMS platform able to overcome critical challenges limiting the performance of the existing solutions. iBattMan will incorporate novel sensors and methodologies for monitoring the State-of-Health (SOH) of the cells during operation and in charging, together with cutting-edge technologies and tools for V2X and second life applications, and use advanced physics- and data-based models implemented on-board and on-cloud for performance evaluation, diagnosis, health management and safety evaluation tools, to trigger actions to address safety and cyber-security concerns.

This will result in an innovative, modular and scalable BMS, for a wide range of vehicles, from small passenger cars to e-buses and electric trucks, with improved performance, connectivity, security and reliability to enhance battery performance and reduce total cost of ownership in EV applications and intelligent battery use for grid support and in 2nd life applications, based on a holistic design of an interoperable architecture and supported by a suite of advanced sensors and edge- and cloud-computational resources. This will represent an outstanding step forward in the EU battery development roadmap and enable accelerated market adoption of smart batteries to bring to market world-leading class Li-ion technologies to improve the cost-effectiveness, circularity, and sustainability of the EU battery industry by 2030-2035. It will support the integration of more renewables on the grid based on new concepts such as Smart Cities and Net Zero Buildings to benefit EV car manufacturers and complementary markets like urban mobility, 2nd life application for stationary storage, batteries, and battery recycling.

The project has a total budget over 6M€ and will run for 42 months. The consortium is formed by 11 European partners including Aarhus Universitet (leader), IREC, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, FICOSA Fico-Triad SA, Virtual Vehicle Research Gmbh, N-Vision Systems and Technologies SL, EURECAT, AVL Italia Srl, Inova+, Ford-Ot Ford Otomotiv Sanayi Anonim Sirketi and Manifattura Automobili Torino Srl.

The role of IREC in this project is to develop Machine Learning based models that interacting from the cloud with the BMS acting as an edge computer. This approach aims to improve the performance of the battery through its cycle life in all operation modes including Vehicle-to-X and 2nd life applications. Lluis Trilla from the Power Systems group is leading this activity from IREC.

This project is part of BATTECH, a joint research unit between IREC and EURECAT, with the goal to become the reference in R+D+i in batteries of Southern Europe offering solutions through the whole value chain.

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