The Columbus, Ohio-based nonprofit research firm will work with DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for 18 months to create an optical sensor for monitoring the internal environment of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and grid storage devices.
Once completed, Battelle wants to demonstrate the patent-protected technology for ARPA-E and seek a partner organization to commercialize the technology.
“The sensor will blanket the battery in light to detect faults,” said Jim Saunders, a Battelle research leader. “That way, we'll be able to provide early warnings with time for corrective actions.“
ARPA-E Program Director Ilan Gur said in a release he hopes Battelle’s light sensing technology will move vehicle and grid-scale energy storage forward and help address safety and security of the electric grid.
Battelle is one of several awardees under DOE’s Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices program, a $30 million initiative to develop new sensing technologies for grid-scale and vehicle batteries.