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Full-scale tests on the HYDOLE battery pack

October 2012


IFPEN research teams are drawing on a range of expertise and hardware to perform full-scale tests on batteries for the first time.

These innovative tests are currently being carried out at the Lyon site in the frame of the HYDOLE ( HYbride à DOminante éLEctrique) project. HYDOLE aims to develop a two-mode, plug-in electric hybrid concept (1) as part of a project supported by the Ademe demonstrator fund, in partnership with the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission), EDF, Freescale, Leroy-Somer and PSA Peugeot Citroën, the project leader.

The objective of the tests being performed by IFPEN is to characterize and validate the performance of the complete battery pack developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën.

  • An original thermal conditioning system has been implemented to assess the thermal management of the battery pack.
  • Pack state estimators (charge, power and energy), developed by IFPEN, are being evaluated via a test configuration using IFPEN BBbox (Battery Bench box) equipment, and have also been incorporated into battery management CCL (Command Control laws) developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën.
  • Additional endurance tests will then be conducted in HIL (Hardware In the Loop) configuration (2).

(1) The first operating mode is an all-electric mode for routine use over short distances and the second mode is a hybrid mode for longer journeys.

(2) HiL: platforms that can be used to test physical parts such as electronic control units in a simulated virtual environment like a complete vehicle.

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