Expression of Interest for Sponsorship of Centre for Battery Engineering and Electric Vehicles
[C-BEEV]

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.

 Centre of Battery Engineering and Electric Vehicles (C-BEEV) is being set up at IIT-Madras with following objectives:


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.

 Centre of Battery Engineering and Electric Vehicles (C-BEEV) is being set up at IIT-Madras with following objectives:

 C-BEEV is proposed to be developed under public private partnership model with lead contribution from Department of Heavy Industries, Government of India. Several other sponsors from private and public sectors such as Mahindra & Mahindra, , ABB and Texas Instruments etc are also contributing into making the Centre so that research can be made successful by directly sharing its results with the end users.

 C-BEEV shall be collaborating with OEMs to understand the battery issues and challenges in various areas of applications and shall undertake high speed & high quality research projects to work upon the solutions. C-BEEV shall be majorly focusing on the physics part of the battery technology as against the most of research units working on newer chemistries of the batteries. C-BEEV shall target to work upon Battery Engineering and thorough characterization of batteries via detailed testing optimizing battery performance for different applications of the batteries and work towards better economics. The Centre will however work with cell manufacturers over the world and purchase cells and characterize them to understand pros and cons of each cells. It will be a knowledge center on available cells.

 Apart from the standard testing procedures of analyzing different charge-discharge rates and their impacts, C-BEEV 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

 C-BEEV shall work on development of smart battery chargers and good Battery Management modules. By working on the design configurations, and packaging cells into modules differently, optimization studies on batteries for different lifetime for different applications shall be undertaken.

Being majorly proposed to be funded by Department of Heavy Industries, the research at C-BEEV shall have a major focus on Electric Vehicles since, of late; the development of battery technology has played a key role in enabling a zero-emission vehicle.

 The key focus of research in the Centre would be to increase the efficiency and lifespan of batteries, and therefore increasing the useable range of batteries and reducing vehicle cost.

 As Chemistry is very important part of battery research and without incorporating the same in the research, it would not offer holistic solution toward large scale adoption of EV in India. As C-BEEV does not intend to focus on the same, it may think of following options: (a) Propose developing another body within IIT-M or at any other academia/ research institute to work on chemistry and then both these bodies can cooperate with each other (b) providing up to date research/ knowledge/ development to AB members on battery chemistry (c) assisting interested AB member in its research on chemistry directly or facilitating the same thru identifying suitable global partner to do so; however this research would be under the intellectual property of the AB member.

While DHI is funding the Centre to a tune of over INR 15.00 crores in next five years, all interested industry are invited to participate in the research projects at the Centre. The interested industry can contribute INR 30.00 lacs per year or more for a total of 5 years and become part of an advisory body to design the research projects at the Centre including its deliverables. The term of 5 years could be extendable on mutual consent.

The advisory body of C-BEEV shall be able to get benefitted by their participation in following few ways:

 Stress and strain are usually treated as numbers. It is important for students to understand that stress and strain are symmetric tensors with 6 independent components

 Ready access to trends & developments in battery technologies worldwide by way of sharing of information and networking

 As Industry partners belong to different sectors which are associated with the development/ end usage of EV, C-BEEV may play a role of developing / coordinating synergy among them so as to develop a holistic cooperation model across entire value chain of EV.

 Access to laboratory facilities for testing & evaluation of 6 battery samples per year on “free-of-charges” basis

 For, any more samples beyond 6 in a year, test charges can be levied at rates decided from time to time by advisory council

 First right of refusal for commercialization of technologies developed in the centre using sponsor funds such as battery chargers, battery management systems, battery technologies etc. All IP will belong to IITM.

 An annual training module for updating the project details to least 2-3 participants nominated by each advisory council members on a bi-annual/annual basis

 The Centre will take up consultancy/development / research work independently with any industry / organization as per an agreement and not utilizing sponsor funds and may not share the technology / results/learnings gained out of the joint work, especially done for a client.