Life Balancing -- A Better Way to Balance Large Batteries

Kandler Smith, R. Anderson, Regan Zane, Gregory Plett, Dragan Maksimovic, M. Trimboli

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A new cell balancing technology was developed under a Department of Energy contract which merges the DC/DC converter function into cell balancing. Instead of conventional passive cell balancing technology which bypasses current through a resistor, or active cell balancing which moves current from one cell to another, with significant cost and additional inefficiencies, this concept takes variable amount of current from each cell or small group of cells and converts it to current for the low voltage system.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 28 Mar 2017
EventSAE World Congress Experience, WCX 2017 - Detroit, United States
Duration: 4 Apr 20176 Apr 2017


ConferenceSAE World Congress Experience, WCX 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 SAE International.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5400-67763

Other Report Number

  • SAE Technical Paper No. 2017-01-1210


  • active balancing
  • battery
  • electrical management
  • lithium ion
  • passive balancing


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