Whether you have a new material for a battery cell, need to test a complex energy system, or just have an idea on a piece of paper; the BIC is here to support you. The facility is designed to be a highly flexible and IP secure. Every project is customized to our client’s specific needs, and we continue to push the barrier on our capabilities. As an IP secure facility, we have no interest in accumulating Intellectual Property, so you can rest assured that your data and product belong to you.
The Battery/Cell Manufacturing Team are experts in producing multiple battery cell types (i.e. 18650, Coin, and Pouch/Prismatic). The BIC is setup with all of the tools needed to make the slurry and electrolyte, coat anodes and cathodes, slit/cut anode and cathode into the proper size and shape, and full cell assembly.
We provide a variety of expertise in the development of a battery. Routinely, we work closely with clients on the development of a material (i.e. anode material, cathode material, electrolyte, etc.) to determine both the viability of the material and potential chemistry pairing for the other cell components. We also assist with the development of a manufacturing process, to decrease downtime for deployment at a full-scale manufacturing facility.
The Test and Eval Group has a large array of testing capabilities, which include testing battery cells to full-scale battery systems. The team has the capability to perform testing under a variety of environmental conditions, which include temperature, altitude, and humidity control. Electrically, the batteries can be programmed to perform any length of test protocols, which can include cycle life and application specific profiles.
A variety of AC test equipment, for inverters and other power electronics, is also located at the facility. BIC can currently test up to 180kW systems for AC input and up to 200kW with an AC load bank. The frequency and power factor are completely customizable to perform a variety of tests. A ring (surge) generator of up to 2kV and various meters are also available.
BIC also has all of the equipment to perform a variety of abusive tests, which include but are not limited to:
1. Nail Penetration
2. Over Charge
3. Over Heating
4. Forced Internal Short Circuit
5. Forced Discharge
All of this equipment is used for a variety of standardized testing, which includes UL, IEC, UN DOT, USABC, and Mil standard tests. Through a close relation with Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL), we can work with their on-site team to certify and test your device. As a part of this, we can offer pre-certification testing and consulting to ensure that you are ready, prior to starting the certification process.
The BIC’s Technical Consulting Team is available to provide input in a variety of applications. Between the in-depth experience in the industry and a vast network of experts, we can assist with almost any energy related project. A sample of some of the common projects with have assisted on include: