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Title: Systems and related methods for determining self-discharge currents and internal shorts in energy storage cells

Systems and methods for determining self-discharge currents in an energy storage cell and detecting internal shorts are disclosed. A system includes a DC voltage source configured to provide a constant test voltage selected to be less than an open-circuit voltage of an energy storage cell to the energy storage cell. The system also includes a current measuring device operably coupled between the DC voltage source and the energy storage cell, and control circuitry operably coupled to the current measuring device. A method includes applying the constant test voltage, and measuring the test current flowing between the DC voltage source and the energy storage cell until after the test current switches from a negative current to a positive current. The method also includes determining a self-discharge current of the energy storage cell by analyzing the measured test current with computational models that capture physical processes tied to the test methods.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1464607
Assignee:
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID) INL
Patent Number(s):
10,036,779
Application Number:
14/954,446
Contract Number:
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2015 Nov 30
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
25 ENERGY STORAGE

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