Special Issue "Modular Battery Systems and Advanced Energy Storage Solutions"

A special issue of Electricity (ISSN 2673-4826).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2023 | Viewed by 2037

Special Issue Editors

Department of Electrical Engineering, Bundeswehr University Munich, Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39, 85579 Neubiberg, Germany
Interests: power electronics; modular batteries; electric drives
Department of Electrical Engineering, Bundeswehr University Munich, Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39, 85579 Neubiberg, Germany
Interests: power electronics; modular batteries; electric drives
Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmersplatsen 4, 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
Interests: power electronics; fuel cell electric vehicles; electric drives
Department of Electrical Engineering, Bundeswehr University Munich, Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39, 85579 Neubiberg, Germany
Interests: power electronics; modular batteries; electric drives

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Batteries have become inevitable for CO2-neutral transportation electrification; furthermore, they play a vital role in the integration of renewable power sources. Modular/reconfigurable and advanced battery systems allow fully utilizing the available battery capacity while also allowing advanced cell diagnostics and battery management techniques, which increase the battery lifetime.

This Special Issue aims to cover the latest research within the field of advanced battery management systems, modular/reconfigurable battery systems, and energy storage solutions for vehicle propulsion and stationary energy storages.

A non-exhaustive list of the possible topics is reported below:

  • Modeling and control of modular/reconfigurable battery systems;
  • Advanced battery management control techniques;
  • Battery emulation of modular/reconfigurable battery systems;
  • State of health or state of charge estimation methods;
  • Online impedance spectroscopy techniques;
  • Battery aging effects depending on used cases;
  • Multilevel inverters with integrated battery modules;
  • Fault-tolerant operation of modular/reconfigurable battery systems;
  • Grid-connected charging strategies;
  • Fuel cell systems.

Scholars, academic scientists, researchers, Ph.D. students, and professional groups are invited to submit original contributions, including post-conference papers, supported by numerical and/or experimental validation concerning these subjects. 

Dr. Anton Kersten
Dr. Manuel Kuder
Dr. Qian Xun
Prof. Dr. Thomas Weyh
Guest Editors

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Bidirectional Charging for BEVs with Reconfigurable Battery Systems via a Grid-Parallel Proportional-Resonant Controller
Electricity 2023, 4(2), 171-184; https://doi.org/10.3390/electricity4020011 - 26 May 2023
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This paper investigates the potential of bidirectional charging using modular multilevel inverter-based reconfigurable battery systems via grid-parallel control. The system offers several advantages such as modularity, scalability, and fault-tolerance over conventional battery electric vehicle systems. It is designed for seamless integration with the [...] Read more.
This paper investigates the potential of bidirectional charging using modular multilevel inverter-based reconfigurable battery systems via grid-parallel control. The system offers several advantages such as modularity, scalability, and fault-tolerance over conventional battery electric vehicle systems. It is designed for seamless integration with the grid, allowing bidirectional power flow and efficient energy storage. Within this study, the battery system is first simulated in Matlab/Simulink and later implemented into a hardware setup. Eventually, the simulation results and the measurements have been compared and evaluated. Thereby, startup sequences and constant current scenarios were investigated. It has been shown that the system is fully capable to charge and discharge the batteries in the grid-parallel connection, thus enabling bidirectional charging with close to full drive system power. The current total harmonic distortion complies with grid regulations and can potentially improve the grid quality. The proposed system offers significant potential for grid-integrated energy storage systems, addressing the challenges associated with renewable energy integration, grid stability, and energy management. In comparison to other publications on this topic, the proposed approach does not need additional dedicated power electronic hardware and has more degrees of freedom for current control. Full article
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DC Charging Capabilities of Battery-Integrated Modular Multilevel Converters Based on Maximum Tractive Power
Electricity 2023, 4(1), 62-77; https://doi.org/10.3390/electricity4010005 - 13 Feb 2023
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The increase in the average global temperature is a consequence of high greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, using alternative energy carriers that can replace fossil fuels, especially for automotive applications, is of high importance. Introducing more electronics into an automotive battery pack provides more [...] Read more.
The increase in the average global temperature is a consequence of high greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, using alternative energy carriers that can replace fossil fuels, especially for automotive applications, is of high importance. Introducing more electronics into an automotive battery pack provides more precise control and increases the available energy from the pack. Battery-integrated modular multilevel converters (BI-MMCs) have high efficiency, improved controllability, and better fault isolation capability. However, integrating the battery and inverter influences the maximum DC charging power. Therefore, the DC charging capabilities of 5 3-phase BI-MMCs for a 40-ton commercial vehicle designed for a maximum tractive power of 400 kW was investigated. Two continuous DC charging scenarios are considered for two cases: the first considers the total number of submodules during traction, and the second increases the total number of submodules to ensure a maximum DC charging voltage of 1250 V. The investigation shows that both DC charging scenarios have similar maximum power between 1 and 3 MW. Altering the number of submodules increases the maximum DC charging power at the cost of increased losses. Full article
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