How is the European Battery Test Centre equipped?

The European Space Battery Test Centre consists of two areas, the Battery Test Facility and the Fuel Test Facility. The Test Centre has a wide range of equipment that has been selected and designed to provide maximum reliability. This includes:

Automated long-term life-testing stations - allowing electrical testing and characerisation of space-batteries and fuel cells in a controlled environmental and thermal cycling conditions. A data archive of all tested cells and batteries is maintained.

Thermal chambers with temperatures ranging from -60°C to +400°C.

Vacuum test chambers – able to reach 10-9 bar, equivalent to a billionth of standard atmospheric pressure.

Abuse test chamber – for small cells, including mechanical shock short-circuit and rapid charge-discharge.

Glove box – an inert atmosphere facility for battery examination.

The Fuel Cell Test Facility is equipped with the safety features necessary for working with large quantities of inflammable gases.

Last update: 9 September 2009

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