Clean Energy

Clean Energy

Battery Performance Starts Here

With over 75 years of engineering and manufacturing expertise, Hotstart brings innovative thermal management solutions to the energy storage market. Our systems integrate with the battery management system to actively maintain batteries in their optimal temperature range – improving battery availability and certainty of battery performance.

 

Lithium-ion energy storage systems are changing the power industry landscape. The nature of lithium-ion chemistry makes cells sensitive to ambient temperature changes, requiring precise thermal management for efficient, effective, and safe operation. Excess heat generated during battery operation or cold ambient conditions reduce battery life and system performance. Traditional HVAC systems installed for battery cooling provide some benefit but may require design accommodations for airflow heat transfer and do not provide heat to cold batteries during charging cycles.

Hotstart’s engineered liquid thermal management solutions (TMS) integrate with the battery management system (BMS) of an energy storage system (ESS) to provide active temperature management of battery cells and modules. Liquid-based heat transfer significantly increases temperature uniformity of battery cells when compared to air-based systems.

 

Lightening bolt with arrows in a circle represent available power from batteries conditioned by liquid thermal management Improve System Certainty

By employing uniform, targeted liquid-based cooling and heating proactively to battery cells, Hotstart systems ensure a narrow optimal temperature environment. Managing battery temperature changes in real time allows the BMS to better manage overall battery life and health.  Batteries may then be used to their full charge & discharge potential over the lifespan of the ESS, improving certainty of system availability and efficiency.

 

Illustration of battery plate layers building up under extreme temperature changesReduce Battery Plating

Repeated low temperature charging during normal operation may cause plating on the lithium-ion anode, reducing performance and safety while also shortening battery life. Hotstart’s liquid thermal management reduces the likelihood of plating by eliminating low temperature conditions during charging cycles, preventing the conditions when plating can occur.

 

Battery image with a lightening symbol & leaf implying improved battery availability with liquid thermal managementMaximize Battery Availability

Hotstart systems proactively deliver cooling and heating directly to each battery within a module, ensuring that temperature conditions are uniform. Conditioning batteries during charge and discharge cycles with active thermal management prevents conditions that would normally require a BMS to disable cells, maximizing battery availability and  overall system performance. 

 

Combo of a snowflake and a sun representing different environments batteries in energy storage systems are used.Expand System Capacity

Without the need for HVAC air channel spacing, rack-mounted battery modules of roll, prismatic or pouch designs can be optimized for energy-density. Liquid thermal management also allows for a wider range of installation environments for ESS applications, providing cooling in warm ambient and heating in colder ambient conditions.

 

Contact Hotstart today to discuss with our team liquid thermal management solutions can optimize battery performance in your energy storage systems.

 

Hotstart Liquid Thermal Management System

Hotstart Liquid Thermal Management System

Thermal Management Solutions for Energy Storage Systems

Thermal Management Solutions for Energy Storage Systems