Kulr licenses battery safety and test technology

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By Nick Flaherty

Kulr is licensing technology from NASA for battery safety and testing of lithium ion cells.

The company is licensing its Fractional Thermal Runaway Calorimeter (FTRC) to customers after finalizing a commercial licensing agreement with NASA for the technology.

Kulr has been trialling the technology for the last year with companies such as Lockheed Martin for safer battery pack and battery management system (BMS) designs.

The commercial license for KULR’s FTRC specifically applies to 18650 and 21700 format Lithium-ion cells and the company plans to enable pouch cell FTRC next month.

Originally developed by NASA and refined by Kulr’’s engineering team led by NASA alumni and current Kulr Chief Technology Officer, Dr. William Walker, FTRC measures the amount of heat energy released during a thermal runaway event.

This helps engineers and designers better understand these incidents and helps develop safer battery solutions to mitigate them. FTRC also allows engineers and designers to perform necessary testing experiments faster while also enabling them to use a variety of trigger methods such as heaters, internal short circuit and nail penetration to generate more accurate results and in turn, eventual solutions.

“FTRC is a key part of KULR’s holistic methodology for the design of safe battery systems and amplifies the Company’s mission of providing commercially applicable solutions that support the electrification of the circular economy,” said Walker.

“It is humbling to see a technology that I co-invented during my tenure at NASA become a licensed product in private industry and I am excited to support our customers with this new service offering. Fractional calorimetry has certainly changed the way we understand thermal runaway and I cannot wait to see what else is revealed to the industry as we continue our explorative studies internally on thermal runaway behavior.”


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