'Programming without coding'-based test system for regenerative energy recovery in EV batteries

23 October 2018

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Intepro Systems have announced their advanced benchtop/rack-mount Procyon Battery Test System for engineering design and production testing of high-performance electro-mobility battery packs.

The Procyon Battery Test System utilises Intepro’s innovative bidirectional charge/discharge regenerative power stage that returns over 93 percent of the power back to the AC mains – lowering operating costs, reducing system size and eliminating, or even reducing, external cooling requirements.

The system utilises Intepro’s ‘fill-in-the blanks’ PowerStar Test Sequencer software to facilitate test setup and operation. PowerStar offers 'programming without coding' technology: this allows users to define the charge and drive profiles unique to their vehicles, or to a particular standard. Internal resistance measurements and cell balancing can be performed as required.

The space-saving design offers a scalable solution for battery packs from 5 kW to 480 kW, with voltages from 40V to 1500V and discharge currents up to 8000 A. The modular, building block approach allows the system to be expanded, upgraded or re-purposed for new vehicles, batteries and changing test standards. Standard battery tests include: battery balance, battery charge/discharge, battery parametics, drive simulation and internal resistance.

Said Gerard Sheehan, Intepro's chief technical officer: “Recovering the energy in the battery charge/discharge cycle [by] utilising our systems’ regenerative stage dramatically reduces energy costs.

“It also eliminates the installation and operational costs for air or water-cooled loads to dissipate all that energy.”

For more information on the Procyon Battery Test System, download the Procyon Battery Test System Data Sheet, or visit this page from Intepro Systems: www.inteproate.com/ate-test-systems/battery-test-systems.

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