Research

Advanced Power Sources Laboratory

 

The Advanced Power Sources Laboratory (APSL) provides comprehensive capabilities in power source research, engineering, characterization, evaluation, and testing. Supporting APSL is a staff of more than forty scientists, engineers, and technicians with backgrounds in chemistry, electrochemistry, metallurgy, chemical engineering, materials science, engineering, and physics.

State-of-the-art equipment and software are available to perform a wide variety of research activities for almost any primary or rechargeable technology. Facilities (over 60,000 sq. ft.) include:

  • wet chemistry laboratories
  • analytical and diagnostic laboratories
  • extensive dry room facilities (over 3,000 sq. ft.)
  • environmental battery test facility
  • prototyping facilities for lithium-ion batteries, lithium metal batteries, and electrochemical capacitors
  • production/prototyping facilities for thermal batteries
  • Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab)
  • access to comprehensive environmental testing, modeling, materials synthesis, analysis, and diagnostic equipment across the laboratory

Eight business areas provide the focal points for APSL activities:

  • thermal battery development and prototyping
  • production and stockpile support for power sources
  • lithium ambient-temperature batteries
  • electric vehicle and hybrid electric vehicle batteries
  • double-layer capacitors
  • grid scale energy storage solutions
  • power sources testing and evaluation
  • advanced power source concepts