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Battery Calorimetry Laboratory

One of four “workhorse” accelerating rate calorimeters. These systems run continuously to keep up with customer needs. Lithium-ion battery technology offers great benefits in portable power, but an essential challenge is to ensure operational safety. Current lithium-ion technologies are prone to thermal runaway reactions. In order for electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid [...]

By | 2018-07-30T21:44:17+00:00 May 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Battery Calorimetry Laboratory

Characterization and Failure Analysis

Sandia tests batteries to failure to determine the safety design margins. Publicity of Sandia tests often is focused on the strong reactions that occur when lithium-ion batteries release energy under abuse conditions without consideration of the significant improvements that have been realized in recent years. Our abuse testing provides a wealth of [...]

By | 2018-07-30T21:42:44+00:00 May 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Characterization and Failure Analysis

Cell Prototyping Facility

A lithium-ion cell winder used to manufacture 18650 cells that support the Battery Safety R&D program. Sandia has long maintained an energy storage prototyping and fabrication capability in support of its national security mission. As we have expanded our energy storage R&D into areas applicable to commercial applications, we have also adapted [...]

By | 2018-07-30T21:43:30+00:00 May 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Cell Prototyping Facility

SWiFT Facility & Testing

Take a virtual tour of the SWiFT facility now! View SWiFT Tour The Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility, located at Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute Research Center in Lubbock, Texas, is the first public facility to use multiple wind turbines to measure turbine performance in [...]

By | 2019-04-29T20:28:47+00:00 January 17th, 2012|Comments Off on SWiFT Facility & Testing

Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab)

At the Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab), a Sandia researcher prepares to test a battery pack to determine its response under abuse conditions. The Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab) at Sandia is an internationally recognized leader in energy storage system safety research. The BATLab is committed to serving the energy storage community [...]

By | 2019-01-18T17:59:16+00:00 December 13th, 2010|Comments Off on Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab)