Sensors Inside of Battery Cells
Access more energy from lithium ion batteries and increase their charge rate. Our disruptive technology has the potential to reduce battery costs considerably. More mileage in vehicles, smaller battery packs in power tools, a lower price for energy storage, and a secondary market for vehicle batteries make Insplorion’s battery sensor a potential game-changer for the green economy.
Collaborative projects are a cornerstone in Insplorion’s research and development work. Click below to learn more about each project.
In-Battery Sensor System Development
Integrating InBat sensors in commercial cell manufacturing processes
The project focuses on further development of the InBat sensors and their integration into commercial battery cells and packs. Pilot tests with end users/OEMs is also within the scope of the project.
Funding agency: Vinnova through Eurostars Eureka
Timeline: Q2 2019 - Q3 2021
Partners: Insplorion AB, AMTE Power Ltd. (previously AGM Batteries Ltd.)
Budget: 1.6 MEUR
Next generation cells for automotive applications
Delivering the 3b generation of LMNO cells for the xEV market of 2025 and beyondThe 3beLiEVe project spans over three and a half years and involves 21 partners. The project aims to develop the next generation LNMO-C/Si cells for automotive applications. Insplorion's contribution is to equip the battery cells with InBat sensors.
Funding Agency: EU framework program Horizon 2020 (LC-BAT-5)
Timeline: Q1 2019- Q2 2023
Partners: Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Centro Ricerche FIAT, DSM Engineering Plastics, Insplorion AB, Valeo Systemes Thermiques SAS, Valeo Klimasysteme GmbCIC energiGUNE, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Custom Cells Itzehoe GmbH, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft IISB, NXP Semiconductors, Haldor Topsoe, Elkem, Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile, Sensichips s.r.1., Avesta Battery & Energy Engineering, Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, Manz Italy s.r.l., Arkema, Volvo Technology AB, Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Metaux
Budget: 10.8 MEUR
Battery Alliance of Sweden (Competence Centre)
Gathering academia, research institutes, and the industryBASE, or Battery Alliance of Sweden, is a Swedish competence center gathering academia, research institutes, and industry. The goal is to develop batteries with very high performance as well as new battery production processes to consolidate the strong Swedish battery research community.
Funding Agency: Vinnova
Partners: Uppsala universitet, Chalmers tekniska högskola AB, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), ABB AB, Volvo Technology AB, Altris, Comsol, Graphmatec, Höganäs, Insplorion AB, Northvolt, SAFT batteries, Scania, Stena Metall, Volvo Cars, Woxna
Budget: 34 MSEK from Vinnova plus in-kind contributions from all industrial partners
Adaptive Control of Energy Storage
InBat sensors for energy storageThe project focuses on smart algorithms and machine learning for anticipating and managing power grid loads and distribution. Insplorion’s contribution is to equip one of the batteries used in the project with InBat sensors. The battery will be tested for energy storage applications.
Funding Agency: The Swedish Energy Agency, The Research Council of Norway and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, in the framework of the joint programming initiative ERA-Net Smart ENERGY SYSTEMS, with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Timeline: 2018 - Q1 2021
Partners: Insplorion AB, Fraunhofer IFF, Metrum Sweden AB, Rejlers Sverige AB, MINcom Smart Solutions GmbH, RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden), Glava Energy Center
Budget: 1.6 MEUR
Development of a multiplexed InBat sensor
Li-ion and temperature multiplex sensorIn this project we will take the first steps towards developing a multiplex sensor for simultaneous measurement of temperature and SoC/SoH inside battery cells. The project is carried out in collaboration with a postdoctoral researcher at Chalmers.
Funding Agency: The Swedish energy agency's battery fund program
Timeline: Q1 2019 - Q3 2020
Partners: Insplorion AB, Chalmers University of Technology AB, CEVT (China Euro Vehicle Technology AB)
Budget: 2 MSEK
Multiplex sensor system
Development of low cost multiplex sensor system
Low-cost multiplex sensor system with extended lifetimeThe project aims to develop a low-cost multiplex sensor system with an extended lifetime. This project is a direct continuation of our previous highly successful Smartare Electroniksystem project, which was a joint effort between Insplorion and RISE.
Funding Agency: Vinnova´s strategic innovation program Smarter Electronic Systems
Timeline: Q3 2020 - Q3 2022
Partners: Insplorion, RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden), Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet)
Budget: 3.9 MSEK
Researching the fundamentals of battery materials
Joining forces with academia for a fundamental look at battery materialsThis project applies the InBat sensor to study the fundamentals of battery materials in operando. The project is carried out in collaboration with a Ph.D. student at Uppsala University.
Partners: Uppsala University, Insplorion AB
InBat in Combination
Combining InBat with other technologies for more powerful sensing
Get even more powerful data from batteriesThe project aims to combine the InBat sensor with other sensor technologies to provide complimentary information, potentially adding an even stronger competitive advantage. This project is performed in collaboration with a postdoctoral researcher at Coventry University.
Timeline: 2020 - 2023
Partners: Insplorion AB, Coventry University
Improving Battery Monitoring
Insplorion’s battery sensor enables more effective use of batteries, resulting in increased accessible energy, reduced risk of explosion, and a longer battery life span.
This is made possible by measuring State of Charge (SoC), State of Health (SoH), and temperature from inside of the cell. Our disruptive technology can enhance state-of-the-art battery monitoring in unprecedented ways. Moving from non-precise estimations based on measuring voltage, current, and temperature externally, to precise measurements from within the cells, allows using up to 50% more of the available energy , and increases the charge rate with up to 23%  without running the risk of damaging the battery.
Improved battery status information also allows for an active aftermarket and more efficient use of nature’s resources.
Insplorion’s technology is currently available in commercially manufactured prototypes and can be scaled up to match the growing needs of electrified economies.