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Battery Performance and Safety Course Access

Understand thermal runaway and its implications on Battery Performance throughout the cell life cycle


✔ Do you want to increase the performance of batteries used in electric vehicles, portable electronics, and stationary storage applications?

✔ Do you want to improve the safety of your battery powered products?

✔ Do you want to save time, money and resources by improving your internal testing capabilities on Battery safety and performance?

✔ Are you a university or college student looking for a successful career in the Electric Vehicle, Stationary Storage, Solar, Aerospace, Defence, Consumer Electronics, Wearable industries?

✔ Are you a professional in the design, validation, quality assurance, or supply chain team of any of the industries mentioned above?

✔ Are you a business owner, or manager of a team looking to increase your knowledge in battery performance and safety?

If you've answered yes to any of the questions above, this course is designed for you.

This course is designed by a team of experts led by an ex-Tesla Engineer brought to you by MakerMax Inc. - a leading online learning platform for EVs popular in North America, Europe and Asia.

LEARN HOW TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY

OF BATTERY POWERED PRODUCTS AND VEHICLES



Here are some of the topics that you will be learning in this course.

  • What is inside a Lithium-ion cell
  • Construction of different types and form factors of cells
  • Inherent safety features in different cell types
  • How to choose the right cell chemistry for your application in terms of safety and performance
  • Types of cell failures - internal and external
  • Types of module failures - internal and external
  • Types of pack failures - internal and external
  • Mitigating failure propagation from cell to pack
  • Understanding the mechanics of thermal runaway
  • Stages of thermal runaway
  • Mitigation strategies for thermal runaway
  • Case study on Samsung note 7 battery failures
  • Case study on Boeing dreamliner battery failure
  • Case study on Battery factory fires
  • Case study on Electric vehicle fires
  • How to improve internal QA and testing standards learning from SAE, ISO and IEC standards

This is the course access page for enrolled students in the Battery Safety and Performance course. If you're looking to learn more about the course contents, curriculum and enrolment information, please click here.


Course Curriculum


  Welcome to the course
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  Section 1 - Understanding a Lithium-ion cell and its manufacturing process intuitively
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  (Optional) Unlock full access for accelerated learning
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  Quiz #1
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  Assignment#1 and further reading
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  Quiz #2 - Rules governing a single Lithium-ion cell
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  Quiz #3 - Cell to Pack
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  Assignment #2 - Isolation Measurement
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  Section 6 - The role of Battery Management Systems
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  Section 7 - Cell to Pack - Safety Considerations
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  Case study #2 - Battery replacement aboard the International Space Station
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  Case study #3 - A look at recent battery patents and developments
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Your Instructor


Akshay Gill
Akshay Gill
This masterclass has been designed and crafted by a group of passionate experienced engineers who have phenomenal knowledge of the subject and have been mentoring and training the incumbents in their careers.


The team lead Akshay, has 10+ years of experience in firmware programming ,embedded systems, electronics, communication, automotive, electric vehicles and much more. He has worked on battery systems for Tesla Model S, X and 3. He setup MakerMax with a vision to bridge the widening gap between education and employment for electronics, embedded and computer engineers.

Akshay has always had a practical approach to engineering. His quest for Electric Vehicles began in 2008 when he developed a unique dashboard electric scooters that rewards users when they drive electric. In his Master's at University of Toronto he developed a unique way of measuring impedance characteristics of Lithium-ion batteries on-board vehicles that allow for early prediction of battery failures.

He was a core member of the Battery Hardware and Firmware team at Tesla, where he worked on the Model S refresh, Model X and Model 3 vehicles. He is now the Director at MakerMax Inc., that is enabling an ecosystem for mass EV adoption by creating products such as battery analyzers, characterizers and battery management platforms that enable the industry to create high performance and safe Electric Vehicles. He also runs popular online workshops on Battery Technology to reskill professionals and students in this field.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course is designed to be completed over a period of 6 weeks. Every few days, you will get a new module with exciting material, exercises and lab work. We have currently increased the course access timeframe to 3 months to allow more flexibility during the COVID-19 situation. We will be continually monitoring the situation and provide more flexibility to you on an as needed basis. For the hardware kit exercises, you'll have access to a downloadable lab manual and access to our online forums where support is always available.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact us in the first 6 days of starting the course and we will give you a full refund for the amount paid.
What equipment/tools will I need to complete the course?
You need a computer (Mac, Windows or Linux) , mobile phone or tablet to view the contents of this course and to participate in the course.
How can I get help during the course?
Throughout the course, you will have an opportunity to ask questions in the Q&A discussions. There are five ways to get answers to your questions during the course - Q&A discussion in the course, email to our support team, email to the instructor, live chat support, and from fellow students and community members in the MakerMax subscriber forums.
Are there any prerequisites to the course?
There are no prerequisites to this course, although we encourage you to bring your enthusiasm along!
Is there a certificate provided in the course?
Yes, there will be a certificate provided once you complete the deliverables of this course including passing the final exam.
I am from the mechanical stream, can I take this course?
Yes, most definitely. This course doesn't have any prerequisites and it is designed to be the first essential step in deep understanding of Electric Vehicle powertrain essentials. If you are planning to choose Electric Vehicles as a career path, it is important to start developing an understanding of the electrical and software aspects of EVs as well. This course is designed to be that first step in developing that understanding. If you choose to get the hardware kits, you'll be able to develop an intuitive understanding of the material.
I am a working professional with a busy schedule, what if I'm unable to finish the course in the given timeframe.
This course is designed to be completed over 5 weeks at your own pace and flexibility. We have currently increased the course access timeframe to 3 months to allow more flexibility during the COVID-19 situation. We will be continually monitoring the situation and provide more flexibility to you on an as needed basis. For the hardware kit exercises, you'll have access to a downloadable lab manual and access to our online forums where support is always available.
What help will I get with searching for job opportunities after completing this course?
After you complete the requirements of this course, we will make a portfolio webpage dedicated to you hosted on the makermax job board (https://jobs.makermax.ca). This is where we will help you create the right project portfolio, resume, and references from our side to support your application to opportunities in the EV space. This has proven to help candidates stand out from the crowd when approaching EV, energy storage or battery related companies with the MakerMax team supporting them through the process.
What is the enrolment fee for the course?
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