Battery safety test deal with leading Asian car maker

Battery safety test deal with leading Asian car maker

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By Nick Flaherty

The ISC battery safety device from the KULR Technology Group was developed in 2015 by researchers at NASA and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). It reliably creates thermal runaway in lithium-ion battery trigger cells in controlled, laboratory conditions and does not rely on mechanically damaging the battery exterior to activate the short, as do most of the other evaluation methodologies, but instead triggers a true internal short. This makes it possible to accurately pinpoint and fix the problems that lead to malfunctions such as battery pack fires.

As the exclusive provider of the ISC technology, KULR will deliver ISC devices in Q1 of 2020 to a Tier-1 Asian car maker. Further details were not released but company leaders highlighted the importance of this agreement for battery safety for electric vehicles. As the battery pack is the most expensive component in an electric vehicle, the ISC will help this Tier-1 manufacturer develop safer and more efficient battery thermal management systems for their next-gen EV fleets.

“We’re excited to help provide this automaker‘s research and design engineers better ways to develop safer battery packs,” said Michael Mo, CEO of KULR. “Designing safer, more powerful and more efficient battery systems is key to the electric vehicle market and a cornerstone of what we do at KULR.”

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KULR develops, manufactures and licenses next-generation carbon fibre thermal management technologies for batteries and electronic systems based on breakthrough cooling solutions for NASA deep space missions and a strong intellectual property portfolio. It currently works with NASA’s Marshall Space Centre and Ames Research Centre on design of a battery for the PPR CubeSat. Last week the company announced it had agreed up to $8m in loans for the developments.

Its HYDRA thermal runaway shield technology was recently deployed to the International Space Station to store laptop batteries and also is currently being tested by a Tier-1 medical device maker, an electric aircraft maker and others.

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