Task 10, Electrochemical Systems, offers upcoming workshop on better battery performance in extreme temperatures

July 20, 2012 02:47 PM
Thermal imaging shows temperature distribution.
© Image courtesy of NREL.

The next Task 10 workshop will focus on battery performance under extreme temperature conditions. Canada is hosting the one-day meeting in Montreal in October 22, 2012, immediately prior to the EV 2012 VÉ conference & tradeshow on “The Business of Going EV”. The workshop is being co-hosted with IA-HEV Task 15, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles with cooperation with Natural Resources Canada.

Thermal management of advanced battery systems is critical to the success of electric vehicles because extreme temperatures can affect performance, reliability, safety, and durability of batteries. Drivers expect to be able to use electric drive vehicles (EDVs) year-round. Critical to meeting this expectation is having advanced batteries, such as lithium-ion systems, perform consistently in summer heat and winter cold. Discussions at the workshop will focus on these questions:

  • What are the real temperature requirements for batteries in light passenger vehicles?
  • What are the effects of temperature on batteries as measured by experiment or predicted by modeling?
  • How can these effects be addressed, both through cell chemistry and design and through battery thermal management?

Task workshops are designed to address complex topics through informal presentations and candid discussions. In order to maximize the value of the discussions, attendance is limited. For more detailed information about the upcoming workshop in Montreal, Canada, including a draft agenda, lodging information, and other details, send a brief note to Mr. James Barnes, the Task 10 Operating Agent. Individuals who wish to attend the workshop should send Mr. Barnes a brief note about their interest and expertise; he will confirm their registration by email. When the maximum number of attendees is reached, interested individuals will be put on a waiting list.

There is no cost to an IA-HEV member country to join Task 10, and there is no registration fee for the upcoming workshop.  IA-HEV representatives are urged to forward information on this workshop to experts in their countries who may contact the OA directly. Experts from countries that are not IA-HEV members are also invited to attend the Workshop as guests of the OA. 

Contributed by Mr. James Barnes