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Battery Management Systems

Battery Management Systems

Ensure safe operation and maximise batteries’ performance with the use of a proper battery management system

We will announce the next run of this course in due course. If you are interested and would like to know when this course is open for enrolment, register your interest below.

Whereas there is co-development of battery cells, modules and packs together with BMS hardware and software at or for big automotive OEMs or TIER1 suppliers and providers of stationary energy storage systems, there is an upcoming force of new companies building their own proprietary battery solutions. 

This course has a series of lessons for participants to be able to make choices on BMS development goals dependent on the specific need of the end application and the given battery technology. This course critically assesses the value of different BMS working principles and BMS products on the market.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the exact need for a BMS in a battery supported application and list the set of functions a BMS should support
  • Interpret the BMS specifications in light of the basic functionalities
  • Name and classify the hardware subcomponents of a BMS and make a choice of the best fit hardware topology for an aimed for final battery application
  • List the most important BMS components, their requirements and their value for the system
  • Explain what is meant by functional safety and security with respect to batteries in stationary energy storage systems or electric vehicles
  • Elaborate on the working principles of the standards on functional safety
  • Explain the concept of State of Health and State of Charge
  • Determine whether a battery will need balancing and if a dedicated balancing circuit is needed
  • Evaluate if a string of battery cells is balanced and what is the impact of imbalance 
  • Select and tune a balancing strategy based on the topology of the battery and the requirements of the application in which the battery is used

What will you learn?

This course has been designed to give you unparalleled, deep insights into the electrochemical processes and operation principles of batteries. More specifically, you will learn:

  • Aspects related to battery management systems 
  • About functional safety
  • How to make choices on both the hardware and software components
  • About need of balancing and the impact of imbalance

How will you learn?

This course is offered completely online and can be taken anywhere as long as you have connection to the internet. The course consists of 8 video lessons which is entirely self-paced. Each lesson is approximately 45 minutes long and includes relevant reading material and excercises as well as online quizes to test your progress. Business examples will be used to illustrate the learning content and there are online quizzes to test your progress. The course lasts 4 weeks and you will require approximately 1,5 hours per week to work your way through the course material.

Who will teach you?

Dr. Jeroen Büscher
Product Manager, Vito / Energy Ville

Jeroen is leading the VITO team working on electrical storage technologies and is responsible for the development and execution of the related activity roadmap. Since 2011, Jeroen has been coordinating several projects within Europe on electrical storage, smart grids and e-mobility.

Is it right for you?

This course has been designed for those with a particular interest in the production of batteries. The following professionals will find this course particularly useful:

  • Battery system integrators & battery technicians
  • Energy Management System developers and providers
  • Master and PhD students in Energy science related studies
  • (Academic) researchers in the field of energy willing to develop or build further on battery or energy management systems for optimal integration of batteries in an end product. 

We will announce the next run of this course in due course. If you are interested and would like to know when this course is open for enrolment, register your interest below.

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