NCPOWERa leading manufacturer of lithium batteries for electromobility and energy storage based in Murcia, Spain, is pleased to announce its recent accession to the European Battery Association (BEPA), an initiative under the programme Horizon Europe of the European Union.

NCPOWER has officially joined BEPA, the Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA), confirming its commitment to improving the competitiveness of the European battery industry. 

 With over 200 members, BEPA is a leading association dedicated to creating a competitive, sustainable and circular European industrial battery value chain for stationary and e-mobility applications. 

BEPA members will work together to prepare Europe to manufacture and commercialise by 2030 the next generation battery technologies that will enable the deployment of zero-emission mobility and renewable energy storage.

BEPA represents the private sector partnership of BATT4EU Partnerships, the co-programmed battery partnership launched by the European Commission under Horizon Europe. The partnership will mobilise more than €925 million to boost European research and innovation in the battery sector.

About BEPA

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BEPA is a partnership born out of collaboration between the European Commission and battery R&D stakeholders. Its goal is to establish a world-leading innovation ecosystem by 2030. With more than 200 members in 23 countries, the association's main objective is to foster a competitive, sustainable and circular European battery value chain.

THE THREE MACRO OBJECTIVES OF THE BEPA

  • Objective 1: Create the world's number one innovation ecosystem in the battery sector.
  • Objective 2: Creating a competitive and sustainable European circular battery value chain
  • Objective 3: Driving the transformation to a carbon neutral Europe

About NCPOWER

NCPOWER is a leading manufacturer of lithium batteries for a variety of applications, from electric mobility to energy storage. With a focus on innovation and sustainability, NCPOWER is committed to providing safe and efficient solutions that drive the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future.

The benefits of NCPOWER's BEPA membership

Being part of the association brings us a number of exclusive benefits:

  • Exclusive access to industrial research and development strategies.
  • Direct view of impressive European research results.
  • Significant contribution to the direction of battery research.
  • Integration into a strong, innovation-focused industrial network.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the value chain and its impacts.
  • In-depth knowledge of the impact of cross-cutting innovations.
  • Awareness of technological readiness.
  • Close connections with other relevant European associations.
  • Awareness of European regulatory requirements and conditions.

By joining BEPA, NCPOWER will actively contribute to achieving ambitious goals, including the drive towards climate neutrality in Europe by 2050. The partnership is focused on leading the battery industry across the entire value chain, from the development of differentiating battery materials technologies to manufacturing and cell design.

BEPA membership will allow us to collaborate with large companies such as Basquevolt, Volvo, Renault, Manz o Scaniaas well as energy giants such as Enel X y Fortumamong many research and engineering institutes, such as CICenergigune, Cidetecas well as others. With a total investment of 925 million euros in battery R&D, the sum of all these forces will be key to the future.

"Joining BEPA reflects our continued commitment to innovation and sustainability in battery development. We are excited to collaborate with other industry leaders and contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly future. Mario Nicolás Carcelén, CEO of NCPOWER

As part of this alliance, NCPOWER will work on developing technologies that improve the performance of batteries for electromobility and energy storage. Our experience in the energy sector and NCPOWER's innovative technology will allow us to continue to produce sustainable batteries with longer lifetimes.

This new milestone positions us at the centre of battery research and development in Europe, enabling the sharing of knowledge and resources crucial to address current and future energy and environmental challenges.

What will NCPOWER's role be in the BEPA?

The European Battery Association (BEPA) is organised in 5 working groups, each focusing on specific areas related to this key technology for the European economy. These groups were established with the purpose of identifying research and innovation (R&I) investment priorities and ensuring uniform progress in all areas.

  1. Raw materials and recycling
  2. Advanced materials and manufacturing
  3. End use and applications
  4. Security and Reliability
  5. Sustainability

NCPOWER is part of Working Group 3: End-use and applications of batteries. This team focuses on R&I in battery systems for transport and mobile applications, such as road, air, rail and water transport. It also addresses energy storage, including the second life of batteries, developing new technologies at the battery system level and taking into account mechanical, electrical, hardware and software management aspects.

The objectives of the Task Force for 2030 are:

  • Facilitate cost-effective electrification of various transport and mobile applications.
  • To boost the competitiveness of the European battery industry in the transport market.
  • Improve battery performance, life and reliability.
  • Reduce the costs associated with the design, manufacture and testing of Battery Management Systems (BMS).
  • Decrease management costs at the end of battery life.
  • Ensuring the safety and technical reliability of battery applications in different modes of mobility.

Through these collaborative efforts, we seek to develop affordable and sustainable battery solutions to promote green mobility in Europe.

We are excited to announce that NCPOWER has joined the Spanish Association of Batteries, Batteries and Energy Storage (AEPIBAL). This access to a diverse network of expertise and resources will further expand NCPOWER's ability to influence and contribute to the development of advanced energy solutions.

As a new member of AEPIBAL, NCPOWER is committed to actively participate in initiatives that promote sustainability and environmental responsibility in the field of batteries and energy storage. The company is ready to contribute its expertise and leadership in the search for cleaner and more efficient solutions that drive the transition to a more sustainable energy matrix.

Collaborating with other AEPIBAL members will allow NCPOWER to share its expertise in the development of state-of-the-art lithium batteries and learn from industry best practices. This synergy will strengthen NCPOWER's ability to offer even more efficient and sustainable solutions.

The partnership with AEPIBAL not only expands NCPOWER's opportunities for knowledge sharing, but also opens doors to potential strategic alliances. The company is eager to collaborate with other members on innovative projects that drive technological advancement and the adoption of sustainable energy solutions in Spain and internationally.

We are excited about what the future holds and look forward to contributing significantly to the progress and sustainable development of the energy sector in collaboration with AEPIBAL and its distinguished members. Together, we are shaping a brighter and more sustainable tomorrow!

Who is NCPOWER?

NCPOWER is a Spanish manufacturer of Sustainable Lithium batteries with Innovative and Customised Technology. We design and manufacture advanced lithium-ion energy storage solutions for electromobility and energy storage. Our batteries are customised according to the needs of each customer and according to the application of use.

NCPOWER has developed a proprietary technology, the NCPOWER System, a battery management system (BMS) that offers a number of advantages in battery performance, productivity and energy savings, thereby extending the life of the batteries while allowing for greater sustainability and energy/economic savings.

NCPOWER has established itself as a Spanish benchmark in the manufacture of lithium batteries. Our experience, technological innovation and commitment to sustainability position us as the right choice for those looking for the best lithium batteries on the market. We offer tailor-made solutions, professional advice and solid technical support to provide our customers with the confidence and quality they deserve.

Who is AEPIBAL?

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AEPIBAL is the Spanish Association of batteries and energy storage, and has hundreds of members. partners from different industries. It has established itself as the main reference in the field of energy storage in Spain. 

It is made up of a wide network of partners spanning the entire value chain, from research centres to leading companies in the circular economy. 

AEPIBAL's members represent a wide diversity of sectors, including energy storage technology manufacturers and integrators, world-class service providers, leading circular economy companies and sustainable energy project developers. This variety of stakeholders allows AEPIBAL to have specialist knowledge in all critical aspects of the sector, providing its members with access to advice in areas such as energy markets, legal regulation, public financing and more.

Among AEPIBAL's outstanding collaborators are well-known companies in the energy sector, such as Soltec, Holaluz, EDP, Iberdrola, Endesa and Naturgy, among others.

In addition, AEPIBAL has a Board of Directors composed of prominent business leaders in the sector, who work with dedication and professionalism to strengthen the association and add value to its members. The diversity of the Board reflects the breadth of the energy storage industry, with representatives from leading companies across sectors.

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This provides NCPOWER with the possibility to establish strong business relationships, collaborate on research and development projects, and access new market opportunities.

AEPIBAL member industries:

  • Mining
  • Knowledge centres
  • Professional associations
  • Manufacturers and integrators
  • Self-consumption with storage
  • Distributors, service providers and consultancy
  • Circular economy: recycling and 2nd life
  • Developers and marketers
  • Utilities

AEPIBAL has become a key player in promoting development and innovation in the energy sector.

Access to the electricity market and key events

Being part of AEPIBAL gives NCPOWER the invaluable opportunity to be in direct contact with the electricity market and to keep abreast of the latest trends, regulations and opportunities in this constantly evolving sector. 

By joining the association, NCPOWER will have privileged access to events, seminars and conferences organised by AEPIBAL, where relevant electricity market issues are discussed and experiences and best practices are shared among the main industry players.

For example, AEPIBAL will shortly be attending the eMobility ExpoNCPOWER will also be there presenting its latest innovations.

In addition, AEPIBAL, through strategic alliances and specific projects, is leading several initiatives to promote innovation and development in the energy storage sector. For example, the LIFE ReLiGHT Project, the ReTaBar Project in collaboration with Solartys and Envirobat España, the BatteryPlat Technology Platform, etc. These collaborative agreements arise in response to a specific need and help us to weave a greater networking network.

In addition, AEPIBAL offers its members the possibility to participate in working groups and specialised committees that address specific aspects of the electricity market, such as the integration of renewable energies, demand-side management and energy regulation. These collaborative platforms allow NCPOWER to exchange knowledge, establish strategic contacts and actively contribute to the development of innovative solutions that drive efficiency and sustainability in the electricity market.

What will be NCPOWER's role in AEPIBAL?

Joining AEPIBAL is a milestone that will make a difference in NCPOWER's future, contributing to the development of increasingly advanced energy solutions. This membership reinforces our commitment to continuously innovate towards ever more efficient and sustainable solutions, placing Spain in a key international role in the battery and energy storage sector in general.

NCPOWER, leader in energy storage solutions, is pleased to announce its participation in the next edition of GENERA Madrid, which will take place on 6, 7 and 8 February 2024 at IFEMA, in the Spanish capital. In this edition, an impressive growth is expected with the participation of 500 companies, an increase of 25% compared to the previous year.

Genera Madrid, a key event in the energy sector

This event, supported by IFEMA MADRID and the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), stands out for its strong institutional backing and its global projection. It will have a significant international presence, representing 45% of the participants, including leading companies from all over Europe, as well as China and Turkey, among others.

GENERA is recognised as one of the leading trade fairs in the field of energy and the environment. This event brings together professionals, companies and experts from various sectors to explore the latest trends and technological advances in renewable energies, energy efficiency and sustainability. With electrification reaching every corner of the market, automation, storage and logistics play a crucial role at GENERA Madrid.

In particular, professionals related to the world of energy efficiency and renewable energies will meet, in the commitment towards climate neutrality. In this context, lithium batteries, such as those provided by NCPOWER, play an essential role.

NCPOWER will present at Genera Madrid 2024 its photovoltaic solar energy storage systems for the industrial sector, created from lithium batteries The energy demand of the energy system can be determined and configured according to the needs of the energy demand.

Genera Madrid Stand 10A33

In addition, we will convey our work philosophy as "Your Lithium Partner" with the aim of expanding our network of contacts. Participating in events like this is not only an opportunity to establish new connections, but also to share experiences and knowledge with industry professionals. The main focus will be on networking and exploring potential strategic collaborations to jointly drive the sustainable development of the energy sector.

NCPOWER's innovative technology plays a key role in transforming the industry towards sustainability. The NCPOWER System, the dedicated Data Center and LifePo4 Lithium cells stand out as cutting-edge solutions that offer efficiency, reliability and sustainability. These technologies not only support electrification in the warehousing and logistics sector, but also contribute to the creation of a cleaner and more efficient environment.

For more information or to schedule a meeting during Genera Madrid, please do not hesitate to contact us through the channels provided at our stand.

We look forward to seeing you at IFEMA, Madrid! We will be in hall 10 and stand 10A33.

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In the evolution towards electric mobility, lithium batteries have assumed a leading role as the engine of the automotive revolution. However, beyond efficiency and performance, safety stands as the fundamental pillar underpinning confidence in electric vehicles. This article explores the safety of lithium batteries in automobiles in depth, unravelling the crucial challenges and innovative solutions that are shaping the future of safe electric driving.

The finances of some major automotive companies were affected by problems related to defective batteries in electric vehicles in 2020 and 2021. Beyond the heavy losses caused by such unforeseen events, today's post looks at the manufacturing and safety measures taken by NCPOWER and how they are keeping their 100% batteries safe and incident-free to date under strict control measures.

1. Quality

To operate safely, batteries must be produced with the utmost care and precision, from the processing of active materials to cell manufacturing and pack assembly.

Rigorous quality management, from goods receipt to final testing, is the only solution to control manufacturing defects.

In the field of electric vehicles there are two major challenges: on the one hand, many intermediate companies do not have the complete information, nor the ability to influence the quality of the cells and packs they purchase. In today's market, the simple ability to purchase batteries from a quality supplier may outweigh any quality management certification. Even the most stringent quality management measures do not guarantee 100% detection of faults.

In view of this fact, in addition to the aforementioned quality we must design systems risk prevention measures to ensure maximum safety.

2. System design

Battery systems incorporate multiple layers of protection, which serve to:

  • Maintain the battery in its intended period of operation.
  • Protect it from external damage
  • Minimise the impacts of potential individual cell failures

These measures include passive safety componentsas robust packaging to withstand knocks and bumps. hermetic sealing against fluid ingress, which act as final resources to reduce damage in critical situations. 

In turn, the Battery Management System (BMS) functions as the brain of lithium-ion battery systems, ensuring that no cell is over- or under-charged, and they bring with them basic status estimation functionalities, including state of charge (SOC) and state of health (SOH). However, BMSs also have shortcomings that need to be addressed: the BMS only sees the cells within the relevant battery pack, has little or no access to historical data or data from other battery systems, and has limited computing power. 

Therefore, NCPOWER carries out preventive analyses by monitoring the technical performance of the batteries. 

3. Cloud-based battery analysis

This approach employs more advanced methods than traditional battery management systems, allowing manufacturers and owners of electric vehicles to identify critical potential failures at an early stage. 

The implementation of cloud-based analytics represents an effective strategy to prevent critical failures and raise safety standards in lithium batteries. This approach not only empowers vehicle manufacturers, but also electric vehicle owners, enabling them to take preventive action before damage occurs. These diagnostics, based on existing field data streams, can be applied to any lithium-ion battery system without the need for product changes.

We scan sensor data for anomalies such as rapidly changing impedances or sudden voltage drops as precursors to thermal events, but the lack of baseline data and ongoing comparisons with similar systems severely limits the value of such analyses.

An example of risk detection thanks to BMS

Consider a hypothetical situation in which an electric car is equipped with an advanced Battery Management System (BMS) designed to monitor and manage the status of each cell in its battery. At a certain point, the BMS identifies an unusual temperature rise in one of the cells during the charging process. This could signal a possible risk of overheating and, ultimately, a fire hazard.

This early detection allows the BMS to take immediate action to reduce the risk. It can adjust the charging current, alert the driver or even temporarily interrupt charging until the situation is resolved. In addition, the system has the ability to store detailed data on this irregularity. This allows for continuous improvement in terms of safety and design.

Find out more about the battery design and BMS on NCPOWER here.

An example of analysis-based risk detection

There are several ways in which cloud-based analytics can identify safety-critical battery behaviour in advance. Specifically, a robust battery analytics solution should monitor at least 20 safety indicators on a daily basis.

The algorithms capture electrochemical interactions and processes, providing insights into the internal states of the battery. As an illustration, the figure below presents an analysis of lithium inventory loss, a phenomenon closely related to lithium plating. The yellow dotted line indicates a warning period identified by NCPOWER's Safety Manager battery analysis solution, while the red line indicates a critical state.

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Lithium plating is a phenomenon that occurs mainly when a battery is charged at high current rates and low temperatures. It can also occur under what are considered "normal" operating conditions. What is this phenomenon? It is the accumulation of metallic lithium on the anode surface, which has been a significant challenge in the field of lithium-ion batteries for many decades. 

This problem not only leads to a rapid degradation of battery capacity, but can also pose a safety threat. The accumulation of lithium metal can lead to the formation of metallic dendrites and trigger secondary reactions, such as outgassing. This situation results in a depletion of lithium reserves, which are no longer available to participate in the main reaction. Cloud-based safety algorithms, among other functions, must closely monitor the loss of active lithium to accurately predict safety-critical events.

Using this methodology and evaluating various safety indicators, NCPOWER's Safety Manager has successfully prevented more than 50 fire incidents.

What is the next step?

There are several challenges we must overcome to make electric vehicles significantly safer. Cloud-based battery analysis ensures that public perception of EV safety does not become another hurdle to overcome. 

In contrast, the benefits of cloud-based software that examines battery operational data go beyond providing an additional layer of security. They also lower business risks and supply chain costs. At the same time, they increase sustainability and accelerate innovation.


In a landscape where electrification is emerging as the driving force of automotive transformation, NCPOWER stands out as a key player in lithium-ion battery production. Looking ahead to 2024, we celebrate an impressive track record of achievement, and project an even brighter future.

In a staggering journey of just four years, NCPOWER has emerged as a leading player in the competitive lithium battery market, marking a growth of 300% per annum. Founded in 2019, the company has transformed its vision into a tangible reality, manufacturing more than 1,200 batteries per year for leading electric commercial vehicle manufacturers and projecting a turnover of €7 million by 2024.

Exponential growth and future projection

The global lithium battery market is in an unprecedented phase of expansion, and NCPOWER is at the forefront of this transformation. By 2024, we plan not only to consolidate our market position, but also to reach a turnover of €7 million. With a presence in more than 20 countries and a leading role as a lithium battery manufacturer, the aim is to supply electric vehicle manufacturers with high production volumes and customised requirements.

NCPOWER, BEPA member

In 2023, the company joined BEPA (Batterys European Partnership Association). The association brings together more than 170 companies, universities and research institutes. BEPA plans to invest more than €925 million in research and innovation projects in the battery sector, marking a significant step towards technological advancement and sustainability in the industry. This commitment reflects NCPOWER's alignment with the objectives set by the European Union at the end of 2020, within the Horizon Europe programme. 

In addition, NCPOWER has established strategic partnerships with highly experienced propulsion system integrators in key markets. These collaborations not only strengthen the company's global presence but also enable closer integration with market-leading propulsion systems.

"Electrification is undergoing an unprecedented transformation".says Mario Nicolás Carcelén, CEO of NCPOWER. "In recent years, we have witnessed a growing number of sectors willing to take a decisive step towards electrification, from vehicles to heavy machinery.

The visionary leadership of Mario Nicolás Carcelén, guiding NCPOWER on this electrification journey, underlines the importance of having proactive and visionary leaders to drive change in the lithium battery industry in Spain. With a committed CEO and a highly skilled team, NCPOWER is contributing significantly to the development and adoption of sustainable electric vehicle technologies in the country and globally.

"With a commitment to achieving our goals, we celebrate NCPOWER's success in its first four years of existence, says Mario Nicolás Carcelén, CEO of the company. "Looking ahead, we are committed to continuing to lead the way in the development of lithium batteries for vehicle electrification. Our vision encompasses the combination of exceptional performance with significant reduction of the environmental footprint.".

Alarming data reveals that two thirds of electric vehicle battery fires occurred when the vehicle was parked. Battery safety is not only crucial during vehicle operation, but also when the vehicle is idle. That is why today we will discuss the critical importance of Battery Management Systems (BMS).

The role of battery management systems (BMS)

A BMS, or Battery Management System, is like the "brain" of a battery, especially in electric vehicles. Its main function is to monitor and control different aspects of the battery to ensure its safe and efficient operation. 

Imagine something like the brain of a battery, which is able to measure, control, etc. Above all, it ensures safety by making decisions. All this makes a difference to the safety of the whole system.

On the one hand, it controls the temperature of the battery to prevent it from getting too hot, which can be dangerous. In addition, it also prevents the battery from being overcharged or over-discharged, which could damage the battery.

In addition, the BMS identifies any problems or faulty cells within the battery and takes action to prevent them from affecting the rest. And thanks to cell balancing, it ensures that all cells in the battery have similar charge levels. 

Ultimately, it is an essential part of making electric vehicles and other battery-powered devices operate efficiently and safely.

Consequently, the battery management system plays a crucial role in making fundamental decisions to safeguard the integrity of the system and handle a large amount of data to perform its functions. However, the premise of "the more data, the better" is not always valid. Adding extra sensors, additional algorithms and complex system logic might seem like a logical choice to improve decision-making, but it can sometimes backfire. 

Lots of data does not equal better decisions

Decision-making involves a detailed process of managing and analysing data. However, this process faces significant challenges:

  • More processing means slower and less accurate decisions.
  • Problems in data traffic can lead to delays and possible errors.
  • More sensors do not guarantee better decisions; the key is a qualitative approach to data acquisition.
  • It is key that the design of the BMS hardware is aligned with the data, so that better decisions can be made.

In short, it is about prioritising strategic data over volume. Too much data is sometimes worse than not enough data, the important thing is quality.

Are all battery fires due to or directly related to the BMS?

While the BMS is crucial to prevent dangerous situations during charging, other factors such as cell defects, mechanical impacts, or external problems can also trigger fires. It is essential to consider various factors and conduct a detailed analysis to determine the exact cause of a battery fire.

Why investigate cell equilibrium as a cause of thermal decontrol?

If some cells receive more charge than others during the charging or discharging process, they may overheat. This thermal runaway can lead to battery degradation, cell failure and even increase the risk of fire.

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Understanding and correcting cell balancing is therefore essential to maintain thermal stability and battery safety in applications such as electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

Cell balancing is a fascinating process in which cells are charged to achieve uniform levels. Visualise it as two glasses, one overflowing and one filled to 95% of its capacity. How do we get them both to the same percentage of fullness? With balancing! 

Cell balancing is achieved by passive, active or hybrid methods, controlled by the battery management system (BMS). Active balancing pumps current, passive balancing uses resistors to equalise loads, and hybrid balancing combines both techniques. The right choice of balancing current is crucial to avoid problems such as overcurrent or irregular ageing.

Meticulous design of the balancing mode is essential to avoid problematic situations, especially in non-automotive applications that lack strict regulations. 

The implementation must consider the specific characteristics of each cell, as not all cells behave in the same way. Balancing is done at rest or between load cycles, which means that any event not monitored in time by the BMS could cause thermal problems.

Each circuit design is unique, depending on cell selection and BMS implementation strategy. Neglecting quality or taking shortcuts in testing can have serious consequences.

What factors affect BMS design?

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Quantity and Quality

The quantity and quality of sensors used to monitor the cells is a crucial decision, and several factors influence this choice. It is essential to consider aspects such as the adaptability, tolerance, range and sensitivity inherent in each sensor.

Data Upload Frequency

The frequency of data upload to the BMS must be carefully weighed. The rate at which data is updated directly impacts the ability of the system to adapt to changes in battery conditions in real time. Choosing an appropriate upload frequency ensures a fast and efficient response of the BMS to variations in battery status.

Algorithms + Cell Data + System Specification

BMS design relies on advanced algorithms, cell-specific data and system specifications. The selection of efficient algorithms determines how data is processed and utilised, while detailed information on each cell is essential to understand its individual state. Furthermore, harmonious integration with the overall system specifications is crucial to ensure consistent and efficient performance of the BMS.

Balancing Processing Speed with Bandwidth

BMS design involves finding a precise balance between processing speed and available bandwidth (CAN traffic). Agile processing speed is essential for fast and efficient response, while bandwidth determines the speed of data transfer between different system components. Achieving an effective harmonisation of these variables is critical for optimal BMS performance.

Conclusion

Battery safety is a key concern, not only to ensure optimal vehicle performance, but also to address the environmental and safety concerns associated with battery technology. With the growing adoption of electric vehicles, effective implementation of BMS becomes crucial. The goal? Mitigate risks, ensure reliability and extend battery life. Ultimately, it is about contributing to sustainability and safety in the electric mobility landscape.

In the era of electric mobility, where lithium battery powered vehicles are transforming the automotive landscape, safety and performance are critical factors. In this context, the ECE-R100 type-approval is of great importance. This standard, established by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, is not only a technical requirement. It is also a quality seal that ensures compliance with international standards. As the demand for electric vehicles grows, understanding the importance and details of ECE-R100 type-approval becomes essential for industry players. 

In this article, we will explore the fundamentals of this regulation and its impact on lithium battery manufacturing, highlighting its role in safety, international trade and the evolution of sustainable mobility.

Advantages of ECE-R100 type approval for lithium batteries

Type approval provides a number of benefits ranging from consumer safety and market confidence to the promotion of environmental standards.

These are the main advantages:

  • Guaranteed safety standards for approved products.
  • It facilitates access to international markets.
  • It generates consumer confidence in quality and safety.
  • It promotes controlled innovation and technological development.
  • Establish consistent rules for fair competition.
  • It contributes to the protection of the environment.
  • It reduces legal risks for manufacturers.

Safety requirements for R100 electric vehicle type approval

In the second revision of the ECE-R100 regulation, fundamental test requirements for Onboard Energy Storage Systems (RESS), classified as Part II requirements, are set out. These requirements are detailed in Section 6 of the regulation, and Annex 8 provides specific information on the test procedures applicable to RESS.

Vibration

This test is intended to evaluate the security performance of the On-Board Energy Storage System (RESS) under vibration conditions similar to those that would be experienced in normal vehicle operations. During the test, the device is subjected to a sine wave vibration varying between 7 Hz and 50 Hz. This process is repeated 12 times over a total period of three hours, providing a comprehensive evaluation of the behaviour of the RESS under vibratory conditions.

Thermal shock and cycling

This evaluation is intended to determine the resistance of the RESS to sudden temperature changes, emulating real-world environmental conditions. The device under test is subjected to repeated cycles of storage at 60 oC for at least six hours, followed by six hours at -40 oC. This cycle is repeated five times, and then the device is stored at room temperature for 24 hours, providing a rigorous test of its thermal stability over time.

Mechanical shock

The mechanical crash test is intended to verify the safety performance of the RESS under inertial loads that could occur in vehicular crash conditions. During the test, the device is accelerated or decelerated at specific speeds according to the tables accompanying the regulation, and the actual gravitational force is compared to the values specified in these tables, thus ensuring its ability to withstand the forces associated with impacts.

Mechanical integrity

This evaluation seeks to analyse the safety performance of the RESS under contact loads that could be experienced in vehicular crash conditions. During the test, the device is subjected to a specific force while being crushed between a resistance plate and a crush plate. The test is performed with defined parameters of force, onset time and retention time, providing valuable information about the structural integrity of the RESS.

Fire resistant

The fire endurance test is intended to evaluate the ability of the RESS to withstand exposure to a fire originating outside the vehicle. The device under test is subjected to direct and indirect exposure to a flame generated by burning commercial fuel. This evaluation determines whether the RESS provides the vehicle occupants with sufficient time for safe escape in the event of an external fire.

External short-circuit protection

This test is designed to verify the performance of the device's short-circuit protection system. During the test, the device is intentionally short-circuited by connecting the positive and negative terminals, using a connection with a specified resistance. The short-circuit condition is maintained until the correct functioning of the short-circuit protection is confirmed, or for at least one hour after the temperature in the device housing has stabilised.

Overload protection

This evaluation is intended to analyse the performance of the device's overload protection system. During the test, the device is charged until it automatically interrupts or limits the load, or until it is charged to twice its rated capacity. This process provides crucial information on the ability of the RESS to handle excessive load situations safely and efficiently.

Overheating protection

This test verifies the performance of the device against internal overheating during operation, even in situations where the cooling function of the device fails. The RESS is subjected to repeated charge/discharge cycles with a constant current to increase the temperature of the cells. The device is then placed in a convection oven or climatic chamber, and the temperature is gradually raised to a predetermined level. 

NCPOWER is ECE-R100 type approved. 

With the prestigious ECE-R100 certification backing our lithium batteries, NCPOWER emerges as a leader in the electric propulsion industry. This international certification not only validates our dedication to the most rigorous standards, but also reflects our commitment to excellence, safety and sustainability.

Approval is not only a seal of quality, but also a mark that reduces legal risks and facilitates strategic alliances with business partners. Consumer confidence is strengthened by the knowledge that we comply with the standards of lithium battery safety recognised worldwide.

As we move forward, each certified battery not only drives our success, but contributes to the development of a safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly industry. At NCPOWER, we are not only setting the pace for innovation, we are also leading the way to a future of reliable and sustainable electric mobility.

NCPOWER is a leading company in the lithium battery manufacturing specialised for electric vehicles, standing out for its commitment to innovation, sustainability and quality. With an outstanding presence in the market, the company is proud to announce its participation in the next edition of Logistics & Automation Madrid 2023, a crucial trade fair for logistics, supply chain and automation professionals.

Logistics & Automation 2023 will take place on 29-30 November in Hall 7 at IFEMA, Madrid. The show will feature more than 200 brands represented, live tours, networking activities, awards and five congress halls that will address the latest trends and topics in the sector.

"We are excited to be part of Logistics & Automation 2023, a leading platform that brings together professionals and experts from the logistics sector. This event gives us the opportunity to share our innovative solutions and collaborate with other industry leaders," said Mario Nicolás Carcelén, CEO of NCPOWER.

In a market where product quality is no longer enough, NCPower positions itself as a leader by backing its supply chain technology solutions with a clear business strategy and experienced strategic partnerships. The electrification of industrial machines and vehicles is an ever-evolving reality, and Logistics & Automation 2023 provides an opportunity to highlight NCPOWER's latest innovations in this area.

We invite all industry professionals to visit our stand 7H31 at Logistics & Automation 2023 to get a closer look at the technology solutions that will drive efficiency and innovation in the supply chain.

About NCPOWER:

Founded with the vision of providing energy storage solutions for the supply chain, NCPOWER has established itself as a benchmark in the lithium battery industry. 

Under the leadership of Mario Nicolás Carcelén, CEO of NCPOWER, the company is committed to contributing to the shift towards a more sustainable and efficient supply chain future. The active participation of NCPOWER at major events, such as Logistics & Automation Madrid 2023, underlines its desire to share its knowledge, network with industry professionals and present its latest innovations.

Energy storage capacity is on track for exponential growth globally. This is what the latest projections from research firm BloombergNEF point to. Energy storage facilities are expected to reach a total accumulation of 411 gigawatts (or 1,194 gigawatt-hours) by the end of 2030. This figure represents an impressive 15-fold increase from the 27GW/56GWh of storage that was online at the end of 2021.

BNEF's second half 2022 report on the energy storage market predicts an increase of 13%. This would be the projected capacity growth by 2030 compared to previous estimates. This increase, which equates to an additional 46GW/145GWh, is mainly driven by recent policy developments. 

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One of the key developments is the US Inflation Reduction Act. This is a landmark initiative that earmarks more than $369 billion for clean technologies. The European Union's REPowerEU plan, which sets ambitious targets to reduce dependence on Russian gas, also plays a key role.

In the US, the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in August 2022 has significantly accelerated the market. This legislation earmarks large volumes of funds for tax credits for wind, solar and storage. According to BNEF, this law will drive the construction of around 30GW/111GWh of energy storage between 2022 and 2030. It is true that the new tax credits promise continued long-term growth. However, supply chain constraints may impact deployment expectations until 2024.

In Europe, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has had a marked effect on the deployment of energy storage. Historically high electricity prices are driving consumers to consider new sources of energy supply, driving the residential storage market in the short term. A significant increase in utility-scale storage installation is expected from 2025, aligned with the ambitious renewable energy targets of the REPowerEU plan and the renewed focus on energy security in the UK.

BNEF forecasts indicate that most of the energy storage built up to 2030, equivalent to 61% of megawatts, will be used for energy transfer, i.e. to frontload or delay the dispatch of electricity. Projects combining renewables with storage, especially those involving solar power, are becoming commonplace around the world.

Steady growth in customer installation of batteries is anticipated, both in homes and in commercial and industrial settings. Germany and Australia currently lead the field, with significant markets in Japan and California. BNEF forecasts that residential and business energy storage will account for a quarter of all storage installations globally by 2030.

Conclusions

The rapid evolution of battery technology is a key driver of the energy storage market. Although several different technologies exist, such as compressed air and thermal energy storage, lithium-ion batteries currently dominate. They are expected to continue to lead the market until at least the 2030s, mainly due to their price competitiveness, established supply chain and proven track record. However, if new technologies overtake lithium-ion, total energy storage consumption could be even higher.

At the dawn of the automobile age, electricity emerged as a promising alternative for powering vehicles in the cities and railway stations of the 19th century. However, limitations in battery energy storage paved the way for the combustion engines that, for more than a century, dominated locomotion.

Today, against the backdrop of technological advances, electromobility is re-emerging as an unstoppable force.. New, more compact, higher capacity batteries have transformed the viability of electric vehicles. This renaissance is driven not only by progress in battery technology, but also by the urgent need to address climate change and environmental pollution.

In this context, electric vehicles have been gaining more and more ground. In regions such as the United States, Europe, China and Japan, they have become a symbol of innovation and ecological commitment. The movement towards energy independence from oil-producing countries has gained significant momentum.

Today, most automakers are re-entering the electric vehicle market, offering more reliable and affordable options. The electric revolution is just beginning. A decade ago, an electric car was a rarity. But now, with breathtaking speeds and acceleration, the transport industry is undergoing an unprecedented transformation.

Not only cars, but also the aviation and maritime industries are exploring all-electric versions. From solar-powered aircraft capable of 24-hour uninterrupted flight to ferries and unmanned ships operating in ports around the world. The electricityemissions, obtained from renewable 100% sources, is shaping the future of society.

The development of cutting-edge batteries is a crucial component in this journey towards electromobility. Advances in energy storage are paving the way towards more efficient and affordable vehicles.

Furthermore, for electromobility to become an everyday reality, a robust and accessible charging infrastructure is essential. The expansion of charging points in public and private spaces is essential to ensure the convenience and availability of charging for EV owners.

Conclusion

In short, electromobility marks a new era in the way we get around. It has a number of challenges, but it is undoubtedly the path to sustainability, efficiency and energy independence. 

From NCPOWER We are part of this new transport landscape and are working towards a cleaner and more balanced future for generations to come.