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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

High Performing EV Battery Cycler Developed to Modernize Battery Validation Labs

NI has announced its flexible and highest-performing EV battery cycler, the High Power System-17000. The 150kW battery cycler is NI’s highest voltage cycler designed to support existing EV architectures while leaving room for future higher-voltage variants as technology evolves. In addition, the company says its latest product features unprecedented synchronization capabilities and a modular design. The HPS-17000 helps battery labs upgrade performance with scalability, increased layout flexibility, and lower maintenance cost.

The company points out that its HPS-17000 complements NI’s portfolio of battery cyclers, offering a solution ideal for testing in a fast-paced environment that needs to be scaled and easily serviced. The product could provide flexibility to customers locked into big, stand-alone racks that force them into rigid layouts that limit the scalability of their labs.

“The HPS-17000 pushes the performance boundaries of NI’s cycler portfolio even further, providing our customers with all the tools they need to test their EV batteries at the scale they require,” said Piet Vanassche, Chief Engineer of NI’s EV test systems. “By using NI’s software capabilities, hardware design expertise and modular approach, customers can scale their labs, maximize uptime and improve their test performance with a sub-ms dynamic response, and future-proof their battery validation labs.”

The high-power system has standardized power- and application-specific breakout sections in the cabinet, which also lowers the cost of service across applications, making it possible for local service technicians to act quickly should a malfunction occur. It is well-served for applications beyond battery cyclings, such as inverter testing or dynamometer applications.

Time-Sensitive Networking technology allows multiple HPS-17000 to synchronize down to the microsecond. As a result, cyclers positioned tens of meters apart can reliably operate in parallel, giving engineers more freedom to reconfigure their test setups move equipment around the lab to maximize asset usage and optimize their test. The synchronization also extends to high-accuracy current and voltage sensor units so battery design and test engineers can readily correlate cycler actions with external measurements. It can be performed at the microsecond-level resolution, helping them set up, execute, and report on the test faster and with less effort.

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