Special Issue "Advanced Battery Technologies: New Applications and Management Systems"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Power Electronics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Manuela González

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Oviedo, 33204 Gijón, Spain
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Interests: Li-ion battery technologies, battery management systems (BMS), battery fast-charging, battery diagnosis and prognosis
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. David Anseán

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Oviedo, 33204 Gijón, Spain
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Interests: lithium-ion battery testing and characterization, lithium-ion battery degradation mechanisms via non-invasive methods, incremental capacity and peak area analyses, mechanistic battery modeling, battery lithium plating, battery fast charging; battery diagnosis and prognosis, battery state of charge and state of health determination methods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the high performance of new battery technologies combined with the continuous improvement of their cost-competitiveness have been key to the development of an exciting range of applications in both commercial and industrial fields. Some examples of the broad spectrum of battery applications include: biomedical devices and portable electronics (cell phones and laptops, power tools, drones and electronic instrumentation), sustainable transportation (electric and hybrid aircraft, land and water vehicles) and stationary applications (smart grids, energy storage from renewable energy generation, telecommunications and uninterruptible power supplies).
However, battery systems are complex and still face problems mainly related to degradation, safety and management. The diagnosis of battery status (State-of-Charge and State-of-Heath) is necessary to determine the optimal charging/discharging strategy, avoiding hazardous operation conditions and extending battery life. Other main issue is the minimization of recharging time, which requires the implementation of reliable and efficient fast-charge methods. Therefore, the successful development of new applications with advanced battery technologies is only possible with a parallel development of electronic circuits dedicated to battery protection and management.
The main aim of this Special Issue is to seek high-quality submissions that highlight emerging applications with advanced battery technologies, address recent breakthroughs in the design of Battery Management Systems (BMS), efficient battery fast-chargers, smart batteries, and integration of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in electromobility and stationary applications.
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Disruptive Battery Technologies
  • Advanced Battery Management Systems (BMS)
  • Efficient Battery Fast-Chargers
  • Smart Batteries with New Functionalities
  • Innovative Control Strategies for Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS): Electromobility and Stationary Applications

Prof. Dr. Manuela González
Prof. Dr. David Anseán
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Disruptive Battery Technologies
  • Advanced Battery Management Systems (BMS)
  • Efficient Battery Fast-Chargers
  • Smart Batteries with New Functionalities
  • Innovative Control Strategies for Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS): Electromobility and Stationary Applications

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Research

Open AccessArticle
Ultrasonic Health Monitoring of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Electronics 2019, 8(7), 751; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8070751
Received: 10 April 2019 / Revised: 26 June 2019 / Accepted: 1 July 2019 / Published: 3 July 2019
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Because of the complex physiochemical nature of the lithium-ion battery, it is difficult to identify the internal changes that lead to battery degradation and failure. This study develops an ultrasonic sensing technique for monitoring the commercial lithium-ion pouch cells and demonstrates this technique [...] Read more.
Because of the complex physiochemical nature of the lithium-ion battery, it is difficult to identify the internal changes that lead to battery degradation and failure. This study develops an ultrasonic sensing technique for monitoring the commercial lithium-ion pouch cells and demonstrates this technique through experimental studies. Data fusion analysis is implemented using the ultrasonic sensing data to construct a new battery health indicator, thus extending the capabilities of traditional battery management systems. The combination of the ultrasonic sensing and data fusion approach is validated and shown to be effective for degradation assessment as well as early failure indication. Full article
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A Fractional-Order Kinetic Battery Model of Lithium-Ion Batteries Considering a Nonlinear Capacity
Electronics 2019, 8(4), 394; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8040394
Received: 9 March 2019 / Revised: 27 March 2019 / Accepted: 28 March 2019 / Published: 2 April 2019
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Accurate battery models are integral to the battery management system and safe operation of electric vehicles. Few investigations have been conducted on the influence of current rate (C-rate) on the available capacity of the battery, for example, the kinetic battery model (KiBaM). However, [...] Read more.
Accurate battery models are integral to the battery management system and safe operation of electric vehicles. Few investigations have been conducted on the influence of current rate (C-rate) on the available capacity of the battery, for example, the kinetic battery model (KiBaM). However, the nonlinear characteristics of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are closer to a fractional-order dynamic system because of their electrochemical materials and properties. The application of fractional-order models to represent physical systems is timely and interesting. In this paper, a novel fractional-order KiBaM (FO-KiBaM) is proposed. The available capacity of a ternary LIB module is tested at different C-rates, and its parameter identifications are achieved by the experimental data. The results showed that the estimated errors of available capacity in the proposed FO-KiBaM were low over a wide applied current range, specifically, the mean absolute error was only 1.91%. Full article
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Semiactive Hybrid Energy Management System: A Solution for Electric Wheelchairs
Electronics 2019, 8(3), 345; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8030345
Received: 21 February 2019 / Revised: 15 March 2019 / Accepted: 20 March 2019 / Published: 21 March 2019
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Many disabled people use electric wheelchairs (EWs) in their daily lives. EWs take a considerable amount of time to charge and are less efficient in high-power-demand situations. This paper addresses these two problems using a semiactive hybrid energy storage system (SA-HESS) with a [...] Read more.
Many disabled people use electric wheelchairs (EWs) in their daily lives. EWs take a considerable amount of time to charge and are less efficient in high-power-demand situations. This paper addresses these two problems using a semiactive hybrid energy storage system (SA-HESS) with a smart energy management system (SEMS). The SA-HESS contained a lithium-ion battery (LIB) and supercapacitor (SC) connected to a DC bus via a bidirectional DC–DC converter. The first task of the proposed SEMS was to charge the SA-HESS rapidly using a fuzzy-logic-controlled charging system. The second task was to reduce the stress of the LIB. The proposed SEMS divided the discharging operation into starting-, normal-, medium-, and high-power currents. The LIB was used in normal conditions, while the SC was mostly utilized during medium-power conditions, such as starting and uphill climbing of the EW. The conjunction of LIB and SC was employed to meet the high-power demand for smooth and reliable operation. A prototype was designed to validate the proposed methodology, and a comparison of the passive hybrid energy management system (P-HESS) and SA-HESS was performed under different driving tracks and loading conditions. The experimental results showed that the proposed system required less charging time and effectively utilized the power of the SC compared with P-HESS. Full article
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