Intepro Systems announced its advanced benchtop/rack mount Procyon Battery Test System for engineering design and production testing of high-performance electro mobility battery packs. The system uses Intepro’s bi-directional charge/discharge regenerative power stage that reportedly returns more than 93% of the power back to the AC mains, which can lower operating costs, reduce system size, and eliminate/reduce external cooling requirements.

The system employs Intepro’s “fill-in-the blanks” PowerStar Test Sequencer software to facilitate test setup and operation. PowerStar offers Programming without Coding that allows users to define the charge and drive profiles unique to their vehicles or to a particular standard. Internal resistance measurements and cell balancing can be performed as required.

The space-saving design offers a scalable solution for battery packs from 5 kW to 480 kW, with voltages from 40 V to 1,500 V and discharge currents up to 8,000 A. The modular, building block approach allows the system to be expanded, upgraded, or repurposed for new vehicles, batteries, and changing test standards. Standard battery tests include battery balance, battery charge/discharge, battery parametics, drive simulation, and internal resistance.

“Recovering the energy in the battery charge/discharge cycle utilizing our system’s regenerative stage dramatically reduces energy costs,” said Gerard Sheehan, Intepro's Chief Technical Officer. “It also eliminates the installation and operational costs for air- or water-cooled loads to dissipate all that energy.”