Adaptive Micro-Pulse Technology GBatteries Could Drastically Reduce EV Charging Times
New Atlas posted an interesting article discussing how GBatteries, adaptive micro-pulse technology, could drastically reduce EV charging times.
It’s no secret that many people don’t like the limited battery range of electric cars. If those batteries could be recharged much quicker, though, that range might not be so off-putting. That’s where GBatteries’ new pulse-based system comes in – it may one day be capable of safely recharging an EV battery in a matter of minutes instead of hours.
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In typical charging systems, a consistent current is continuously sent to the battery. That current is increased in fast chargers – this unfortunately degrades the battery over time, decreasing its ability to hold a charge. Additionally, overheating of the battery can occur, potentially even causing fires.
Ottawa, Canada-based GBatteries is developing a fast-charging system that reportedly gets around such problems, by delivering a constantly-varying current in successive micro-pulses. An artificial intelligence-based system continuously checks the battery’s impedance and other factors, determining when those pulses can be sent – and at what voltage – without harming the battery.
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“Right now, when a battery is charged, because of the charging protocol that is used – constant current, constant voltage – it’s a one-size-fits-all approach, and nothing’s really adapted,” Chief Commercial Officer and company co-founder Tim Sherstyuk tells us. “The battery is charged at high resistance, so there’s a lot of heat that ends up being generated, and irreversible chemical reactions happen.”
Continue reading about adaptive micro-pulse technology.
Source: New Atlas