Battery design platform is technology agnostic
UK university spinout About:Energy has launched a battery design software platform called The Voltt to shorten R&D timelines.
The platform is technology agnostic for battery design, testing, and optimisation. It centralises data collection for battery design projects, and allows users to easily compare and analyse different battery types. This allows assessment of battery cells and systems for applications in in automotive, aerospace and niche industries.
The Voltt will be offered in tiered subscriptions. An ‘entry’ level that predicts the electrical and thermal behaviours of the battery design, the ‘explore’ level also predicts electrochemical behaviours including voltage current behaviour and internal state of the battery, and the ‘elevate’ level which has further features including degradation due to cumulative use and shelf-life, and customisable features cost modelling and supply chain, and scale-up, battery management and system design.
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About:Energy’s battery models are undergoing a wide range of validation, including temperature, state-of-charge, and ageing. The characterisation and modelling technologies brought into the platform were developed through research programmes at Imperial College London, University of Birmingham and The Faraday Institution.
This follows £1m from the restructuring of the Faraday Battery Challenge programme to further develop its platform to predict battery ageing. The project, with Imperial College London and electric truck maker Arrival, will increase the core capability of About:Energy’s software platform, improve battery lifetime, and decrease the carbon footprint of systems.
“The team’s outstanding achievement to progress from ideation to a fully operational cloud platform, built on data obtained from world-leading characterisation and modelling, has been remarkable. The launch of Voltt marks the first milestone in a series of ambitious objectives aimed at revolutionising the approach to battery system design,” said Gavin White, Co-founder and CEO of About:Energy.
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Emma Kendrick, Professor of Energy Materials at University of Birmingham and Co-Founder of About:Energy, commented: “One of the most important aspect to accurate modeling is accurate inputs. About:Energy have the expertise in model parameterisation in addition to the models, and the Voltt encompasses both. Which means the user can access a wealth of information and insights required to make those decisions about battery design, choice or optimum operation.”