Centre for Battery Engineering and Electric Vehicles

The world is moving towards Green trends where batteries offer an only alternative to polluting fuels used for various in line and storage applications. With their rising usage in various fields, the markets are flooded with batteries of different types and technologies. However, the batteries exhibit varying behaviors and characteristics with varying applications and environment which are not completely understood. Though there is good amount of research ongoing in different aspects of batteries, reasons that such facilities are scattered and lack of mutual interaction between researchers and industry, make harder for getting advantage from understandings resulted out of such research.

We believe that research is successful when its results are directly beneficial to end users. Collaborating with OEMs, we intend to understand the battery issues and challenges in various areas and work upon the solutions. As against the most of research units working on newer chemistries of the batteries, we target to work upon Battery Engineering and thorough characterization of batteries through detailed testing. Apart from the standard testing procedures of analyzing different charge-discharge rates and their impacts, our focus is also on studying impact of partial charge-discharge cycles with varying depths of discharge and operating temperatures on battery life. Though of immense importance in field, such detailed studies are not available and hence the implemented solutions are not the best optimized.

Major focus on EVs

Being majorly proposed to be funded by Department of Heavy Industries, the research shall have a major focus on Electric Vehicles. Population growth has swelled the size of cities globally, with an increasing number of inhabitants aspiring to travel in their own vehicle or by public transport. The use of fossil fueled engines has led to major pollution resulting from emissions from internal combustion engines (ICE). The development of battery technology has played a key role in enabling a zero-emission vehicle.
The challenge facing the electric vehicle industry is to provide a cost-effective alternative that will entice vehicle owners to switch over. While the lifecycle cost of an electric vehicle may be lower than an ICE, the initial purchase price is still prohibitive due to the high cost and limited life of batteries. The key focus of research in the Centre thus be to increase the efficiency and lifespan of batteries, and therefore increasing the useable range of batteries and reducing vehicle cost. Alongside, we intend to propose use cases for second use of batteries, once they are taken out of the EVs.

It is in this regard that we would like to know your interest in participating and contributing towards Research proposed at this Centre. If interested, we would like to understand where you can contribute in this work and by what means. Would appreciate to receive a Letter of Support from you for this Centre, if you decide for contribution.
CBEEV houses two centres of excellence : Centre for Battery Engineering (CoBE) and Centre for Electric Vehicles (CoEV).