Electric Vehicle Battery and BMS Masterclass
Build a functioning battery management system in just 16 weeks
The online workshop on Batteries and Battery Management is starting its next batch on May 29 2019 and the enrolments are now closed.
✔ Getting ready to launch an EV product, and want to design your own battery management platform?
✔ Aspiring for a career in the electric vehicle or stationary storage space?
✔ Started a new project with lithium-ion batteries but lack the hands-on knowledge?
This course on batteries, and battery management systems, designed by a team of experts led by an ex-Tesla battery engineer is what you've been waiting for!
This is a one-of-a-kind course on electric vehicles which takes you deep into the workings of lithium ion cells and battery management systems.
High definition video and studio quality audio make this course experience extremely engaging. The teaching style implemented in this course has proven to increase knowledge retention by at least 5 times.
Application based learning
Work on industry level projects on your own time at your own convenience. With our specially designed hardware kit, you will be learning about the hardware operating inside a battery management system and designing, writing the firmware industry level firmware code to have a functioning product in just 16 weeks from now!
To be a successful battery engineer, apart from theoretical knowledge, you need hands-on experience with lithium-ion cells. This course gives you the unique experience of working on an actual 18650 lithium ion cell - never before has it been so intuitive to understand the complexities of battery management.
Know a lithium-ion cell inside-out
At the end of this course, you will be able to look at a lithium ion cell and see through its outer shell. You will have a deep understanding of what happens chemically inside the cell and how we represent it in electrical terms. Without this knowledge, it is impossible to write the algorithms that govern a battery management system.
Certificate of completion
A credible certificate from us, shows prospective employers and/or industry partners that you have the necessary knowledge to do the job. The certificate will definitely open doors for you, and the hands-on experience you get in this course will let you reach your goals 10x faster.
STUDENTS, PROFESSIONALS, ENTREPRENEURS
The battery technology market is growing at a staggering pace! There are hundreds of open positions right now that you will be a good fit for after completing this course. Here are just a few of them !
Battery algorithms engineer - Tesla
Battery engineer - Daimler
Senior battery engineer - Brightvolt
Advanced Battery Scientist - Hollingsworth & Vose Company
Battery System Engineer - Google
The average salary for a well trained battery engineer is $120,000 to $190,000 per year
- STM32 Microcontroller Development board
You will receive a microcontroller board from STM32 Nucleo series. You will learn how to set up your computer to work with this development board and how to program and debug it. This microcontroller will allow you to work with the BMS board to develop and write your own battery algorithms.
- BMS development board for single lithium ion 18650 cell
This custom BMS development board will allow you to test your battery algorithms on real 18650 lithium ion cells. You will be able to upload different drive cycles to the microcontroller and test the response of your algorithms to it. This is hardcore application based learning that is sure to 10x your understanding of battery systems.
The custom designed MakerMax SC4p0 lithium-ion board comes with the following features -
1. Charge a single Li-ion cell upto 1A
2. Discharge from 0.1 to 1.5A - adjustable discharge rate
3. Analyze voltage, current and temperature readings at high sample rates and accuracy
4. On-board OLED display for diagnostics
5. 3 LEDs for the on-board charger status
6. Reverse polarity protection and LED indication
7. 2 user programmable LEDs
8. On-board DIP switches for user input
It is compatible with the STM32 Nucleo series boards as well as Arduino Uno R3.
This board can be used to learn more about -
1. How to prevent undervoltage during discharging
2. How to prevent overvoltage during charging
3. What is SOC and how to design its computation algorithm
4. What is SOE and how to design its computation algorithm
5. Effects of temperature on a Li-ion cell
6. Capacity fade of a Li-ion cell
7. What happens to a Li-ion cell during storage
8. What causes fires in Li-ion cells and how to prevent them
9. How to deal with overcurrent conditions for a Li-ion cell
10. Cycle a cell to understand its characteristics
- Accessories, cables and power converters
Electronic accessories, cables and any other hardware that will be needed to complete this course.
- FREE shipping worldwide!
All the above mentioned items and more will be shipped to your door free of cost.
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.
RegistrationAfter you register for the course, you will get a confirmation email welcoming you to the course and an introduction of the features available on the course platform. We advise registering early for better prices and ensuring seat availability.
Personalized course plan Special add-onAfter purchasing the course, you will get an option to select a personalized plan. This is a special plan for individuals looking to accelerate their growth in the battery space through one on one time with the instructor. It also comes with many other benefits, the full details of which will be available after you've purchased this course. You will be receiving a call from the course instructor to set up a personalized course plan. This plan is set based on your goals and how you can achieve them in the shortest possible way.
Get ready for the courseWe will share detailed documentation on the hardware and how to start preparing for the course. To brush up your basics in embedded systems, you can use this time to study highly rated MakerMax courses that we will share with you
Slack group inviteYou are invited to join the slack group for the course where you can start to interact with the instructor and fellow classmates from around the world
The advent of electric May 29The course lecture videos for the first week are released. Over the next week you will get introduced to the EV powertrain and how it is taking over the ICE cars. You learn about technologies such as battery swapping and how they have failed before, but companies are still investing millions into it.
What's inside a lithium ion cell June 5Over the next week you will be learning about the anode, cathode, electrolyte and seperator of a lithium ion cell. You will also be learning how factors such as electrode thickness, density, porosity affect the cell's performance. This is immensely valuable when selecting cells for your battery application.
How are cells manufactured June 12You will learn how cells are lithium ion cells are manufactured including processes such as electrode assembly, binding process, formation process, aging, cell testing. This information is valuable in diagnoising information when field failures happen with batteries. Sometimes the fault can be traced back to the manufacturing stages, so it is important to understand the usefulness of each stage. You will also learn about the different form factors in which lithium ion cells are available and how to know which form to choose for your application.
Cell chemistries June 19You will learn what decides the open circuit voltage of a cell and understand the selection criteria for various cell chemistries available in the market today. Based on your application, there are advantages of using one chemistry over another, and you will learn how to make that selection.
Hardware kit shippedAfter you've completed the first month of the course, the hardware kit will be dispatched to your address. Our team will be reaching out to you at this point to ask you where you want your kit to delivered. Your kit is delivered to you free of charge.
Characteristics of a cell June 30You will learn the terms that every battery engineer should know. These are essential to communicate to other EV engineers, suppliers, clients in the industry. You will also learn valuable information about discharge, charge and capacity characteristics of lithium ion cells. You will also learn about cell aging, and hysteresis.
BMS algorithms July 6Lithium ion cells need to be managed. This is the role of the battery management system. You will learn about the algorithms that every battery management system executes. This knowledge is essential to becoming a successful battery engineer in EVs , portable devices, communication devices and other battery operated electronics.
Midterm practice questionsA practice assignment is sent to you to prepare for the midterm. After completing this assignment you will have a chance of discussing it with your peers. The instructor will also give an answer sheet for reference.
Midterm exam July 13The midterm exam is conducted. Completing this exam is compulsary for receiving the course certificate. It will be an application based exam, with interesting questions that you will encounter as a battery engineer in the industry today.
BMS algorithms July 20You will continue to learn important algorithms needed to manage lithium ion cells like state of charge, power prediction, energy estimation which are powerful algorithms that are run in every battery management system. The knowledge of these will empower you to be able to make the most basic to the most advanced battery management systems.
Development environment July 27This course is designed to be application oriented, and this section is where you will get your computer ready for EV development.You will also learn in detail about the MakerMax Li-ion cell development board (SC4p1) that is included with your kit.
Enable SC4p1 shield August 3You will learn how to enable various features of the lithium ion shield like the OLED display for debugging and the on-board analog to digital converter for high accuracy measurements of cell voltage, current and temperature.
Enable charge & discharge August 16You will learn how to work with EV hardware including how to discharge cells, charge cells, monitor voltage current and temperature for lithium ion cells. Being able to accurately sense the voltage, current and temperature of a cell is the foundation of any strong battery management system. You will be able to learn this hands-on.
Programming BMS algorithms August 23You will learn how to write the SOC, Energy and Power Available algorithm for a BMS. This is essential to know for every battery engineer in the industry. You will be able to learn these algorithms by programming them on the SC4p1 shield using an STM32 microcontroller
Battery safety September 5You would have heard about battery fires in the field. We will train you to know how to safely operate any EV battery, so that any battery operated device designed by you keeps people safe while performing at its best possible. You will learn the essentials of BMS and battery safety.
Program safety algos September 12You will take what you learned in Week 14, and implement this on actual hardware. You will learn how to write algorithms such as overvoltage and undervoltage protection, overcurrent protection, and overtemperature protection.
Preperation for final examYou will receive a practice assignment to help prepare for the final exam. This will continue real life scenarios that you will encouter being a professional in the battery industry today. After completing the assignment you will get a chance to discuss with your peers in the course and an answer sheet will also be provided.
Final exam September 24The final exam will be conducted. Completing the midterm and final exam is compulsary to receive the course certificate.
Next stepsOur team will be reaching out about the next steps on how you can continue to apply what you have learned in the course on more projects in the battery space. Looking back at this point you will realize how much you have learned in the past four months and the new opportunities that await you.
Personalized call Special add-onAfter purchasing the course, you will get an option to select a personalized plan. This is a special plan for individuals looking to accelerate their growth in the battery space through one on one time with the instructor. A personalized call with the instructor to review the plan set out for you in the beginning of the course and how it has helped you get closer to your goal. You will also receive personalized feedback on your progress in the course and what are the next steps to take to be successful in the battery space.
THIS CLASS WAS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!
This class was absolutely brilliant! The course material and videos teach the concepts very well. The attention to detail and the quality of the material was appreciated and extremely helpful.
Before taking the course I had no idea about the chemistry, manufacturing process or how to properly charge and discharge lithium ion batteries. After taking the course I understand those concepts and how to use a micro-controller and software to safely charge and discharge lithium batteries,
What I liked most about the course was being able to do hands-on coding using the provided STM Nucleo board and the battery charging/discharging shield. I don't think I would have gained as much knowledge about lithium ion batteries without the hands-on approach the course provides.
I really enjoyed and learned a lot from the following lectures/exercises:
- Week 5 - Characteristics of a Lithium Ion Cell
- Week 11 - Enabling Charging and Discharging on the SC4p0 board
- Weeks 12 and 13 - Lab Session - Writing the Battery Status Algorithms
I recommend this course to friends and colleagues because they will learn, in great detail, the concepts needed to understand the physical properties of lithium ion cells and how the write code to safely charge, discharge and monitor them using hardware and software techniques.
- James Norton, Software Engineer at TransAct Technologies
StartCourse basics and how to get the most out of this course (9:18)
StartElectric cars of the 20th century (3:39)
StartThe failure of Better Place - A case study (5:03)
StartHow batteries used to be charged (2:19)
StartRise of the ICE automobile (2:49)
StartEvolution of batteries (6:46)
StartFundamentals of Battery Management (35:51)
StartQ&A for week 1
J. Holmes "Sr. Engineer, Stuttgart"
I have some previous EV experience, but this course allowed me to go above and beyond.
M. Luca "Student, Vancouver"
Complete and well explained. Career team helped me get an internship after my course.
C. Calnado "Technical Manager, Denver"
Great introduction sections, really enjoying the course content so far! The instructor is quick to respond and ready to help.
J. Dierra "Power Electronics Engineer, Chicago"
I'm a beginner in this and this course helped me understand algorithms of batteries. I had no previous experience in EVs before this but this course has made me feel very confident in the subject.
M. Rajnesh "CTO, Stealth EV startup, Bangalore"
Loved this course. If anyone is really interested to take your EV skills to the next level, this is the course you should not miss. It covers all the necessary concepts for batteries and BMS.
T. Kang "Owner, Pao Laong, Beijing"
I was able to train myself using this course. Kit supplied really helps to learn and instructor is helpful.
The course is structured into 16 intense and exciting weeks that are guaranteed to 10x your career in electric vehicles battery and battery electronics.
Week 1 - Introduction to EV technology
An introduction to what EVs are, why they are disrupting the automotive industry and how they compare to the ICE automobiles. You will learn about the evolution of batteries, charging, and battery swapping technology. Did you know your ICE car today has some battery management inside it too? We talk about this as well.
Week 2 - Introduction to Li-ion technology
One of the most important parts of any electric vehicle - the battery and battery management system. You will learn about whats inside a Li-ion battery, and what are the effects of density, thickness, porosity and surface area on the performance of the Li-ion cell.
Week 3 - Manufacturing process of Lithium ion cells
You will learn about what the manufacturing and assembly process of Lithium ion cells looks like. What are the different types of form factors available for packaging the cells and how they are manufactured. Advantages/Disadvantages of different forms will also be covered.
Week 4 - Introduction to cell chemistry
You will learn about what types of cell chemistries are available, how they are different and whats the advantages and disadvantages of using certain types of chemistries.
Week 5 - Characteristics of a Lithium Ion Cell
You will learn the terms that every battery engineer should know. These are essential to communicate to other EV engineers, suppliers, clients in the industry. You will also learn valuable information about discharge, charge and capacity characteristics of lithium ion cells. You will also learn about cell aging, and hysteresis.
Week 6 - Algorithms for a Lithium Ion Cell
Lithium ion cells need to be managed. This is the role of the battery management system. You will learn about the algorithms that every battery management system executes. This knowledge is essential to becoming a successful battery engineer in EVs , portable devices, communication devices and other battery operated electronics.
Week 7 - Algorithms (continued)
You will continue to learn important algorithms needed to manage lithium ion cells like state of charge, power prediction, energy estimation.
Week 8 - Lab Session - Setting up the development environment
The whole course is designed to be application oriented, and this section is where you will get your computer ready for EV development. You will also learn about the MakerMax Li-ion cell development board that is included with your kit.
Week 9 and 10 - Lab Session - Enabling features of the Lithium Ion shield
You will learn how to enable various features of the lithium ion shield like the OLED display for debugging and the on-board analog to digital converter for high accuracy measurements of cell voltage, current and temperature.
Week 11 - Lab Session - Enabling charging / discharging on the lithium ion shield
You will learn how to work with EV hardware including how to discharge cells, charge cells, monitor voltage current and temperature for lithium ion cells.
Week 12 and 13 - Lab Session - Battery Algorithms
You will learn how to write the SOC, Energy and Power Available algorithm for a BMS. This is essential to know for every battery engineer in the industry.
Week 14 - Battery Safety Algorithms
You would have heard about battery fires in the field. We will train you to know how to safely operate any EV battery, so that any battery operated device designed by you keeps people safe while performing at its best possible. You will learn the essentials of BMS and battery safety.
Week 15 - Lab Session - Implementing Safety Algorithms
You will take what you learned in Week 8, and implement this on actual hardware. You will learn how to write algorithms such as overvoltage and undervoltage protection, overcurrent protection, and overtemperature protection.
Week 16 - Final Exam and Next Steps
We will review what we have learned over the past 16 weeks and you will write a final exam. Then we will discuss the next steps and how to take it forward.
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