Systems and Components for E-Mobility

Capacity Area A1 addresses technical challenges related to storing electrical energy such as battery performance, reliability, charging time, lifetime and costs. These challenges are the main barrier for introducing electric propulsion and auxiliaries in automotive applications. In particular, Capacity Area A1 focuses on electric storage solutions for rail, bus, construction, agricultural or municipal utility vehicles, thus addressing the needs of the niche automotive and railway industries in Switzerland. The established Swiss Battery Research Platform with battery testing facilities at BFH, Empa and NTB provides essential research infrastructure for the development of battery systems for specialized vehicles. Research activities also include power electronics for batteries, e.g. to interface propulsion and inductive charging systems.

Prof. Dr. Andrea Vezzini
Deputy Head of SCCER-Mobility
Professor for Industrial Electronics BFH, Institute for Energy
and Mobility Research at Bern University of Applied Sciences
032 321 63 72

Berner Fachhochschule BFH
Institute for Energy and Mobility Research, IEM/B
Prof. Dr. Andrea Vezzini, Coordinator

Reliability Science and Technology
Marcel Held

ETH Zürich
Laboratory for High Power Electronic Systems, HPE
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Biela, Deputy Coordinator

Interstaatliche Technische Hochschule Buchs NTB
Institute for the Development of Mechatronic Systems, EMS
Prof. Dr. Maximilian Stöck

Interstaatliche Technische Hochschule Buchs NTB
Institute for Energy Systems, IES
Prof. Kurt Schenk


Hochschule Luzern HSLU (phase I)
Center of Competence IIEE, Efficient Energy Systems, IIEE/ES
Prof. Vinzenz Haerri

  • Running website and collaboration platform, participation on 3 different battery-related events
  • Organization of 1 seminar/conference event per year as battery research platform
  • Database with test method procedure (white paper) and basic research results (cell database)
  • Modeling software for battery behavior for application specific load profiles calibrated with test results
  • Novel Battery Management System with functional safety programming
  • Development of complete Battery System for special requirements based on novel electrical, mechanical and thermal solutions
  • Integration of Battery Research Platform solutions in at least two demonstrator (Example 1)

Cell and battery testing and characterization

  • Establish a performance-testing algorithm for battery management systems [6, 2018]
  • Develop and test advanced life cycle models able to adapt during operation of battery [12, 2018]

Development of battery and energy management systems

  • Certified modular platform for battery management systems based on the BMS development in phase I [6, 2019]
  • Reduced component smart monitoring system for battery systems using central CPU management resources [12, 2020]

Thermal Management of battery systems

  • An advanced model for thermal management of batteries [06, 2018]
  • Solutions for novel cost-effective cooling systems of battery systems [12, 2020]

Safety and reliability of battery systems

  • Evaluation of safety, reliability and lifecycle optimized operating strategies for battery systems [12, 2018]
  • Implementation of optimized operating strategy in prototype battery system (demonstrator) [12, 2019]

Battery systems integration and demonstrators

  • Best practice report for electrical and thermal topologies of battery systems [06, 2019]
  • Design guidelines for crashworthiness of battery systems in mobile applications [12, 2020]

Power electronics for battery system interfacing

  • High efficient and modular DC/DC-converter for on board integration of battery storage in transportation applications [12, 2018]
  • Investigation of high-bandgap material for power electronics in mobile application [12, 2020]

Advanced battery charging technologies

  • Investigation and analytical and experimental comparison of on-board and stationary charging systems [12, 2018]
  • Analytical description of wireless charging systems. Tools to optimally design wireless chargers [12, 2020]

BMS HIL Test Platform - cell, module and pack simulation environment

The Battery Management System «Hardware-in-the-Loop» (BMS HIL) test platform provides a controlled environment to test BMS hardware functionality and software features. The platform is part of the BFH-CSEM Energy Storage Research Centre and provides facilities for the following:

  • Testing BMS system components during the development phase
  • Testing complete BMS products
  • Validating BMS functions
  • Speeding up the development process

Fact sheet BMS HIL (pdf)

More information about the CSEM

Contact: Andrea Vezzini


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