Powin Energy expands battery testing lab in Oregon

Global battery energy storage system (BESS) integrator Powin Energy is expanding its battery cell and system test lab in Oregon, USA.

Renovations to the Powin Battery Lab in Tualatin are expected to be completed by the end of this year. The upgraded lab will expand the company’s cell, module and system testing capabilities, which it says will add an important layer of transparency to understanding battery cell performance in an industry that typically relies on supplier self-declaration.

The company expects the expanded lab to open its supply chain to new cell suppliers. In an interview with Energy-Storage.news released this week, CEO Geoff Brown said the lab gives the company an understanding of how to direct and improve global battery science, and Powin wants to bring in the products of new industry leaders. in the storage market.

Brown added that the company’s research to date has shown that lithium iron phosphate (LFP) is the best chemistry available “…by far, that’s why we’re LFP. I don’t expect to say the same thing in 10 years.

The lab will allow the company to characterize cell performance and longevity through long-term and advanced lifecycle testing using its bespoke environmental control room, and test both at of the cell and the system. Test results will be summarized in cell supplier reports for Powin customers. The lab has logged hundreds of thousands of channel hours in performance testing to date.

Part of the expansion will involve the introduction of an advanced grid simulation test bed, which will allow Powin to simulate grid behavior and renewable assets such as solar PV projects. This, the company says, should provide its team with insight into how Powin systems are responding to grid events, streamlining the process of interconnection and integration in complex electricity markets globally.

Powin SVP Danny Lu, who Energy-Storage.news also recently interviewed, added: “The data and reports generated by Powin Battery Lab will be essential for comparing initial characterization and long-term cell performance, through end of life and beyond the warranty period. , leading cell vendors in the rising market – and upcoming vendors. »

“We will also have the capability to test next generation and alternative battery chemistries such as sodium ion, solid state and other chemistries, allowing Powin to stay ahead of the curve. Data and analytics are paramount in creating a landscape of competition and cellular options in the ESS cell space and, in turn, providing our customers with the best terms of business in a battery supply chain environment. hard.