Scania laboratory uses Keysight battery test solution

By Becky Schultz28 June 2022

The customized turnkey battery laboratory solution provided by Keysight includes the full range of Scienlab Battery Test Systems. (Photo: Keysight Technologies)

Scania, a leading provider of buses and trucks, has chosen the Scienlab Battery Test Solution from Keysight Technologies Inc. for its new state-of-the-art battery laboratory at its research and development facilities in Södertälje, Sweden. The more than 10700-sq.-ft. laboratory, which includes three 2690+-sq.-ft. test halls for battery cells, modules and packs, will focus on battery performance and lifespan evaluation in various climatic conditions from -40° C to 70° C. 

The facility complements a smaller laboratory with a climatic chamber for battery pack testing in a basically “outdoors” environment. With this lab, operational electric trucks and buses can be parked close to the lab and connected to the testing equipment, or the powertrain can be tested in a huge climate chamber. Scania engineers are also able to examine the best operational conditions for the battery, taking into account things such as temperature setpoint, state of charge window and charging power profile, to optimize battery life and customer needs.

The customized turnkey battery laboratory solution provided by Keysight for the new, larger lab includes the full range of Scienlab Battery Test Systems for cells, modules and packs, coupled with a comprehensive safety concept for installation at the customer’s site. Scania is utilizing KeySight’s Energy Storage Discover Software for test and control, as well as its PathWave Lab Operations for Battery Test, an integrated, web-based lab management platform that optimizes workflow, test throughput and data management. This solution will enable Scania to optimize planning and coordination by managing lab personnel, test systems, devices under test (DUTs) and other resources.

“The need for relevant skills and knowledge in battery usage and lifecycle optimization is more important than ever before. Here in the lab, we have the prerequisites to perform our very best in this area,” said Håkan Örnhed, head of Test Cell Operation Battery and E-components at Scania. “We see an increasing need to intensify battery testing and tailored deployment. Keysight’s experience and expertise in battery testing has resulted in a solution that meets our requirements, which made them the perfect choice to realize this crucial project.”

“Our goal is to provide comprehensive test solutions that help our customers accelerate and improve their development activities,” said Thomas Goetzl, vice president and general manager for Keysight’s Automotive and Energy Solutions business unit. “We are extremely proud that we could support Scania in their aspiration to secure a market leadership position for commercial EV vehicles. Our collaborative approach with Scania was to challenge the state-of-the-art, which enabled us to gain insights from a world-leading transportation manufacturer who strives to discover new edges of e-mobility use-cases and technologies.”

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