Research and Development

BATTERY supports both government and industry sponsored projects

The Penn State Battery Application Technology Testing & Energy Research Laboratory (BATTERY) works to develop and test advanced chemistry batteries including full electric vehicle energy storage and management systems. Under the direction of Timothy Cleary , the laboratory supports the efforts and initiatives of vehicle manufacturers and researchers in both government and industry. The laboratory performs battery

characterization, thermal management system development, vehicle integration, and system design as well as hardware in the loop analysis. Facilitating this research and testing are an AeroVironment ABC150 or AV900 power processing machines and walk-in environmental chamber. This equipment is capable of testing high/low-voltage systems at +/- 1000 Amps or 250kW in a -65 to 85 degree Celsius climates including humidity control.



Full suite of equipment to support a wide range of research and development through HIL

Laboratory resources and researcher developed models allow for full system HIL tests to run in real-time while also processing various component commands, safety checks, and data acquisition. A large walk-in environmental chamber and 125/250kW power processing machines support a wide range of testing scenarios.


Teaching Environment

Faculty supported research, development and education

Education is a fundamental component of the laboratory and university. Every project involves students at some level, either through employment as research assistants or class lectures and publications.


Vehicle Development

Electric racing motorcycle project

Penn State e-Sportbike is a research group dedicated to developing advanced motorcycle technologies. Key goals are to improve rider safety, vehicle performance and efficiency including the reduction of fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.


BATTERY supports a variety of research and development tasks

This research group specializes in supporting government and industry projects

Data Analysis

High speed data processing and report generation utiliizing automated analysis.

Clear Communication

Continuous communication and shared data streams keep sponsors up to date 24/7.

Hazardous Chemical Safety

This group is supported by Penn State's Environmental Health and Safety professionals including responsible hazardous waste removal.

Travel and Field Work

Researchers are able to travel supporting off-site filed work activities including training, maintenance and repair.

Document Archive

Reports and data are archived with redundant and automated off-site backup.

Encrypted Protection

All data is protected by encryption and secured by continual IT monitoring.

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