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Innovations in energy efficiency is critical as automakers focus on reducing the environmental impacts of vehicles. University of Michigan research is helping the auto industry along this path by developing intelligent batteries. Researchers have developed special temperature sensors and simulation models that allow them to observe how batteries function in real world scenarios, like New York traffic. These observations validate actions that can be taken to prolong the life of the battery.

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Intelligent Batteries

4/18/2014

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MconneX - The basic car battery hasn’t really changed much in the past 30 years. U-M engineers are working to make them smarter, safer and more efficient.

MconneX - The basic car battery hasn’t really changed much in the past 30 years. U-M engineers are working to make them smarter, safer and more efficient.

 


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Jason Siegel is a Research Fellow of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. His research interests include fuel cell control systems and Lithium Ion batteries. He uses neutron imaging to better understand how Lithium is distributed throughout the electrode in high power applications. He also does restoration work on antique cars and is building (converting) an electric motorcycle.

About Michigan Engineering: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Eight academic departments are ranked in the nation's top 10 -- some twice for different programs. Its research budget is one of the largest of any public university. Its faculty and students are making a difference at the frontiers of fields as diverse as nanotechnology, sustainability, healthcare, national security and robotics. They are involved in spacecraft missions across the solar system, and have developed partnerships with automotive industry leaders to transform transportation. Its entrepreneurial culture encourages faculty and students alike to move their innovations beyond the laboratory and into the real world to benefit society. Its alumni base of more than 75,000 spans the globe.

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