Public activity report – Exploitation and dissemination of results M12

Noshin Omar, Peter Van Den Bossche, Thierry Clement Coosemans, Joeri Van Mierlo, Widanalage Dhammika Widanage

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Since the beginning of the automobile era, the internal combustion engine (ICE) has been used for vehicular propulsion. However, the ICE is a significant contributor to air pollutants and greenhouse gases linked to global climate change.
As the global economy begins to strain under the pressure of rising petroleum prices and environmental concerns, research has spurred the development of various types of clean energy transportation systems such as Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). Due to their reduced impact on the environment, electric vehicles are an important factor for the improvement of urban traffic and more particularly for a healthier living environment. However, the establishment of an
adequate energy storage technology which can provide both energy and power performances, which can efficiently use regenerative braking energy and, which shows a considerable cycle life at a reasonable cost remains a critical challenge, which is difficult to meet the current battery technologies.
In the last decennium the implementation of Electric Double-Layer Capacitors has been considered as a possible solution in BEVs and HEVs, due to the excellent properties in the terms of power density and life cycle of these devices. However, their optimal implementation still requires an expensive power electronic DC-DC converter. In order to overcome the limitations of the battery system in BEV applications, a new project, called SuperLib, has been launched in the framework of the European Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) in May 2011. It addresses the combination of high energy and high power Li-ion batteries for the:
* Enhancement of the overall system performance,
* Improvement of the battery lifetime by 30%,
* Development of an advanced control system for the energy distribution within the battery
* Extending the useable energy content from 70% up to 90% depth of discharge,
* Development of smart control system for the highly integrated high energy/ high power batteries,
* Reliability of the battery system,
* Cost/performance ratio of the battery system,
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2012


  • lithium-ion batteries
  • hybrid architectures
  • EDLC


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