IKERLAN is a non-profit Technological Research Centre located in Arrasate-Mondragon (Basque Country, Spain). It has a staff of more than 250 qualified researchers and engineers, with specific strengths in micro-systems, electronics, mechanical engineering, power electronics and energy technology. Its research areas are divided in three areas of expertise: (i) Electronics, information, and communication technologies; (ii) Energy and Power electronics; and (iii) Advanced manufacturing. From its creation in 1974, IKERLAN has maintained close relations with the industry from the machinery and capital goods, domestic appliance, electronics and computing, automotive and energy sectors. It works closely with companies to develop innovative products and new tools and methodologies for implementation in design and production processes.
During this work IKERLAN will make use of its experience on battery system design, development, and integration for mobility applications. Safety functions and control algorithms specific to this kind of application will be also developed and implemented to the battery system.
Energy storage and management are key to achieve an increase in efficiency and a performance improvement in transport systems, electric power generation and industrial processes. IKERLAN works in the integral design of cutting-edge storage systems such as Lithium-Ion batteries or supercapacitors (commercial cells selection, BMS, electromechanical integration, cooling, etc.), including the integration and management of electric and thermal power in vehicles, electrical grids or renewable energies, and industrial processes. The energy storage and management research group which is integrated into the Energy and Power Electronics line of IKERLAN is composed of 25 high-level researchers and has 5 doctoral theses underway. This research line is developing efficient solutions for the integration, control and storage of energy for e-mobility applications (vehicles, rail transport, aeronautics, lifts, etc.) and stationary (renewable energies, electrical networks, etc.), always aimed at obtaining solutions energetically more efficient, more reliable, more compact and of lower cost.
Our main tasks in the SEABAT project
IKERLAN will be leading Work Package 4 where design and development of the battery system components will be tackled.
As a multidisciplinary research centre, IKERLAN will cover all the aspects related to the electro-thermo-mechanical aspects within the battery system including power electronics needed for the DC/DC converter in a hybrid battery pack system. Being safety one of the key points of the proposal, IKERLAN will design the electronic components according to the Safety Integrated Level required for this type of application. Safety parameter and the appropriate materials will be address while mechanical and thermal design is performed.