Simulation software boosts lithium-ion battery performance for EVs

March 26, 2015 // By Paul Buckley
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed modeling software to help researchers and battery manufacturers improve the design of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

The modeling tool, known as the Virtual Integrated Battery Environment, or VIBE, enables researchers to test lithium-ion batteries under different simulated scenarios before the batteries are built and used in electric vehicles.

VIBE was developed by researchers in ORNL’s Computational Engineering & Energy Sciences group, led by Dr. John Turner, as part of DOE’s Computer-Aided Engineering for Batteries (CAEBAT) partnership.

“Our role in CAEBAT was to develop and deploy an open-source environment that would help to integrate both research and commercial battery modeling efforts. Other CAEBAT partners have developed commercial tools that are compatible with the software infrastructure we’ve developed, and we’re deploying a non-commercial platform for researchers at universities and national labs,” Dr. Turner.

The VIBE simulation tool provides flexibility in designing batteries all the way from cell components to full battery pack.