Ricardo has been awarded funding from the Office environment of Reduced Emissions Cars (OLEV), in partnership with Innovate British isles, for a research and enhancement project which seeks to improve electric powered car or truck battery life, functionality and resilience.
Environmentally friendly economic restoration programmes throughout Europe are in search of to aid car or truck makers to accelerate the purchaser adoption of electric powered and hybrid cars. From its knowledge in R&D programmes on related car or truck platforms, these as its ConnectHEV technological innovation demonstrator, Ricardo, it reported, “understands the electrical power of digital solutions to extract insights from huge datasets which are produced by related car or truck fleets. The company’s eyesight is for superior monitoring and prognostics solutions to minimize electric powered car or truck battery failures in the discipline and prolong battery life, which is the aim of the research just declared”.
Managing for six months, the project has gained GBP112,000 in funding and has 3 crucial targets. The initially is the enhancement of a take a look at platform for monitoring and prognostics of battery health and fitness, which will form component of a related battery management program. Secondly, the project aims to look into novel hybrid physics-primarily based/details-driven prognostics algorithms for battery health and fitness management. The 3rd goal is to derive calibration updates for the battery management program from the physics primarily based/details travel prognostics algorithm these can then be used by way of software program above the air.
In order to undertake the research, the Ricardo staff will develop instruments to almost signify car or truck fleets these digital fleets will provide details for the related battery management program take a look at platform. The staff will handle info, details and software program flows to and from the battery program, when also concentrating on battery monitoring and prognostics algorithm enhancement.
The expectation is that the project will deliver 3 innovations – crucial creating blocks in the superior monitoring and prognostics solutions for electric powered car or truck batteries which will empower Ricardo to deliver a service to prolong battery potential and assortment above service life, and as a result minimize cost. 1st, Ricardo will propose novel details storage techniques on a related battery management program, discovering procedures for details compression without the need of degrading fidelity. Secondly, the staff will develop impressive algorithms, combining physics-primarily based modelling and details-driven procedures to make insight into the battery health and fitness. Thirdly, the staff will derive from these algorithms procedures to mechanically update the battery management program calibrations that will be delivered to cars above the air.
Richard Gordon, head of R&D reported: “For a range of several years Ricardo’s R&D has sent systems which are assisting to accelerate the adoption of electric powered and hybrid cars, so we are delighted that this most up-to-date award of funding will empower the continuation of our critical research. We are confident that this R&D project will confirm to be a considerable creating block in assisting car or truck makers leverage simulation, digital calibration and trusted details resources to improve electric powered car or truck battery functionality, which will minimize long-term warranty fees and establish purchaser self-confidence in great electric powered or hybrid items. This increased purchaser self-confidence in additional environmentally friendly choices to conventionally powered cars will make a distinction in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.”