Upcoming Projects

Future Research

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The Electrochemical Safety Research Institute plans future research to help ensure electrochemical energy storage is safe and reliable. Read more about our future projects below. 

ARPA-E: Safety evaluation of new battery chemistries at the component and low capacity cell levels

In collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories, University of Maryland and Purdue University, research studies that include testing and modeling will be carried out to study the safety of material components and lab-scale very low capacity cells with novel and new battery chemistries.

The team will study the safety characteristics of new and novel battery materials provided by other partners in the same program. In addition to this, 100 mAh cells will be tested. The aim is to determine if the safety of a new cell chemistry can be determined at the material and very low-capacity cell level and compared to the baseline li-ion cell. The goal is to provide safety test protocols that would provide a deterministic answer for the nature of the novel and new cell chemistries discovered. The team will also carry out simulation and modeling studies in parallel in order to support the empirical studies.

Read more about ESRI’s U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program sub-award.

Battery energy storage system: Safety standards and best practices with Customized Energy Solutions

In partnership with Customized Energy Solutions (CES), ESRI will develop the standards and best practices both in India and globally for battery energy storage systems (BESS). The main goal of the project is to prepare safety plan, guidebook, and step-by-step process for BESS. This guidebook will provide the overall guiding principles and step-by-step process for authorities to plan out and assess projects and for operators and companies to follow for safe operation.