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Lithium-Ion Laptop Battery Testing and Energy Recycling

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Jiexin Zhou

National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, China

Qing Wang

Durham University, Durham, UK

Jie Wang

China Academy of Space Technology, Beijing, China

Paper No. DETC2017-67803, pp. V004T05A041; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 22nd Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 11th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5816-5
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Before recycling used lithium-ion laptop batteries, testing and sorting work is needed through charge and discharge tests. For current lithium-ion battery charge and discharge tests, the battery is discharged through a resistor. Thus, the energy in the process is all dissipated.

In this paper, an energy-recycling battery test system model is introduced. In the system, a Li-ion 18650 battery can be charged at a constant current mode and a constant voltage mode and discharged at a constant current mode, which are realized by PWM-controlled DC-DC converters. The modes are automatically switched through a controller. In the discharging process, energy is transferred from the under-test battery to a storage battery, which can also serve as a charging source instead of the DC power supply to recycle the energy.

The system is simulated using Matlab Simulink. Its test accuracy and energy-transferring efficiency is considerable. According to the simulation results, the system can save about 50% energy overall in one charge and discharge cycle.

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