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CALCE Battery Team is conducting applied and fundamental research to enable the reliable and safe development and operation of battery components and systems in real world applications. Studies include research on fundamental processes that degrade battery cells or lead to catastrophic explosion events, accelerated battery testing and qualification methods, battery failure analysis tools, pack integration and balancing strategies, novel sensing technologies, battery management system design, and advanced data science techniques for implementation of battery prognostics and health management (PHM) solutions. While our main focus is the state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries, we have also undertaken projects pertaining to other chemistries including alkaline cells, primary lithium batteries, and lead-acid batteries.
CALCE battery team is headed by Prof. Michael Pecht and consists of senior research scientists, PhD students, and visiting scholars. In our over 20 year history, we have been generously supported by various government organizations and industry giants from consumer electronics, aerospace, medical, and automotive sectors. The Battery team uses state-of-the-art equipment for cell-to-pack level cycle testing, cell construction and disassembly, abusive (overheating, overcharge, short-circuit) testing, and material characterization. We place strong emphasis on the practicality of our research and the collaboration between industry and academia. Our current projects spread across areas associated with the entire life cycle of Li-ion batteries and span from multi-year battery academic research to month-long consultancy/testing projects.