Selected by ARPA-E for $4M+ award for Advanced Management And Protection Of Energy-Storage Devices

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PARC and LG Chem Power (LGCPI), a subsidiary of LG Chem, have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to enter award negotiations for developing an optically based smart monitoring system prototype targeting batteries for electric vehicles (EVs).

The system will use PARC’s compact wavelength-shift detection technology and machine learning/sensor network expertise — part of PARC’s optics and optoelectronics and intelligent automation work — to enable effective real-time performance management and optimized battery design. Capabilities will range from inferring state and health information to predicting remaining life, and the resulting commercial EV-grade battery module with embedded optical sensors and readout unit will undergo industry-standard validation at LGCPI’s facilities.

These innovations will significantly improve performance and help reduce costs of next-generation energy storage technologies.

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