The i-HeCoBatt project is a highly specialised collaborative project in which a consortium of seven industrial & research organizations will jointly develop innovative solutions for EV batteries. i-HeCoBatt stands for Intelligent Heating and Cooling solution for enhanced range EV Battery packs. Its aim is to achieve a smart, cost bursting industrial battery heat exchanger to minimize the impact on full electric vehicle range in extreme conditions.
The proposed solution will remove the currently used expensive and heavy gap filler between the heat exchanger and the battery pack (BP) and will replace the interface plate in contact with the BP with an advanced material product. This design enhances the efficiency of the heating and cooling system that will be supported by a heating actuator. Customized printed sensors will be embedded to the heat exchanger to monitor relevant parameters and will feed a battery management control unit as well as an external early diagnostic and safety system connected to the cloud. Different interfaces will be created to access these data according to user profiles: designers, testers, maintenance teams or driver. Finally, the industrialization of the patented innovative heat exchanger concept will contribute to the cost reduction of the heating and cooling system and the EV.
The consortium gathers know-how from a multidisciplinary group of research centres, SME and industrial partners, including an automotive OEM, with expertise in BP and thermal systems design, testing and manufacturing for automotive applications. Partners behind the intelligent heat exchanger concept are European TIERs that intend to position with an unbeatable environmental compliant product that will be introduced in OEMs value chain in a maximum period of 2 years after the closure of the project.
Stay tuned for more news on the solutions that we will present in the upcoming months!