The team at BET grew directly from the group at Powerplex Technologies Inc. and later ABB Advanced Battery Systems Inc., who were developers and manufacturers of NaS (Sodium Sulphur) battery technology for electric vehicles during the 1980ís and early 1990ís. One of the key projects at that time was providing batteries and technical support for early pure electric prototypes such as Fordís Ecostar delivery van.
Development of the NaS battery was then taken on by other organizations and is still used today, mainly in large-scale grid and utility applications. NaS technology was also the precursor to the NaNiCl battery which is used today in a wide variety of transportation applications. As such, the team at BET has significant hands-on experience with these types of batteries.
In 1995, we stopped developing our own batteries and became an independent test house, providing battery testing services to small and large companies up and down the electric vehicle supply chain. Because our background is in the development and manufacturing of traction batteries, we ďreally knowĒ batteries and electric cars Ė we are not just some automotive test house that has simply added on battery testing as another service. Every employee at BET has been with the company for at least 10 years, with many dating back to the NaS team.
BET Services Inc. is an independent provider of battery testing services for automotive OEM's (Original Equipment Manufacturers) as well as their Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers Ė the battery developers and cell manufacturers themselves. Established in 1995, we are located near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, almost at the foot of Toronto's international airport. BET regularly works with the major automotive OEM's from around the world (including USA, Norway, Germany, Japan, Korea, etc.) in their electric (EV) and hybrid electric (HEV) vehicle programs.
We have performed testing on PbA (Lead Acid), NiCd (Nickel Cadmium), NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride), and NaNiCl (Sodium Nickel Chloride) batteries as well as provided test equipment for fuel cell systems. We have also worked with a large number of different lithium-based electrochemistries, including performing testing on cells, modules, hybrid packs as well as full EV lithium packs.
BET performs battery testing on a 24/7/365 basis for batteries designed for pure electric as well as hybrid electric applications. We routinely perform characterization and performance testing, life testing, DV-level (Design Verification) and PV-level (Production Validation) testing, etc. on battery packs, modules and cells. Our equipment includes almost 100 individual cell testing channels (up 0-20 Vdc and up to +/-800 Adc) and over 35 customized battery testing stations (up to 700 Vdc and up to +/-1000 Adc).
We have small and large environmental chambers that allow us to provide simulated environmental testing, including chambers that can accommodate a complete vehicle.
Of course, we also test batteries for applications other than automotive, including larger-scale batteries that are primarily designed for UPS and other stationary and utility applications. BET can also provide testing for battery systems designed for the telecommunications industry, medical devices, or light EVís. We can also provide validation of battery management hardware & software.
BET uses commercially available cycling equipment such as Bitrode, Firing Circuits-Digatron, and Maccor, but we also use ABB equipment as the basis for battery pack cycling developed with hardware, software, and firmware changes customized by BET. This allows for a lower cost solution for our customers compared to commercially available systems. This approach still allows BET to provide an application-relevant approach through the use of IGBT systems or thyristor bridge systems. Benefits also include the ability to fully-customize our battery test system to every customer and their individual batteries, including their CAN communication requirements. BET has also sold test equipment to fuel cell developers using the same ABB platform.
BET is well known throughout the EV and battery industry. BET has established long and trusted relationships among our many customers Ė sometimes single-sourcing their battery testing to BET. Many of our customers count on our ability and experience to take a generalized description of test requirements and translate them into workable tests Ė even after initial test requirements were previously thought to have been established. We can do this because of the personnel here, which include a fully-licensed electrician, computer programmer, power electronics engineer, and Class A vehicle mechanic.
Although the core of the company focuses on battery testing, BET also brings practical experience to other projects. Some of the other projects that BET has been involved in include: The development of a low-floor hybrid electric transit bus; the development of a pure electric courier vehicle concept; the development of a stationary on-demand battery system for the utility industry.
BET offers a broad range of testing services for all of your traction battery development and EV-related battery systems needs. Whether your battery is designed for a pure electric, mild hybrid, no-plug hybrid, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle application, we can validate its operation for you at any stage of your development process. This includes testing of individual cells, small or large module arrays, and full battery packs of all sizes, voltages, and powers.
Advantages provided by BET include:
Highly experienced technical and engineering staff
Dozens and dozens of years of combined traction battery experience
Flexible work schedules that meet your needs and time zones world-wide
Extensive expertise with custom and commercially-available battery testing equipment
Even if your battery technology is not fully mature or ready to be placed in a vehicle, we also have a full range of equipment to help you obtain your testing goals:
Temperature devices and controllers
Air and liquid heat exchangers
Air and liquid flowmeters
Data Acquisition equipment, multi-meters, balances, oscilloscopes, etc.
Fork lift, engine cranes, etc.
Machine shop for custom wood or metal work
Electrical lab for circuitry diagnostics & analysis, repairs, etc.
Mr. Bandi co-founded BET Services Inc. in 1995 where he currently manages BETís daily operations and manages specialized testing related to battery cycling. Mr. Bandi has over 25 years of experience in test engineering in the traction battery industry, having previously held engineering positions at Powerplex Technologies Inc. and ABB Advanced Battery Systems Inc. He received his Masterís degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto (Canada) in 1986, and received his MBA from York University (Canada) in 1999. He is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).
Colby Bland, Advanced Projects Manager
Mr. Bland joined BET Services Inc. in 2001 where he manages the integration of electric and hybrid electric powertrain systems for medium duty commercial vehicles. Previously, he had worked for ABB Advanced Battery Systems Inc. for 6 years developing Sodium Sulphur batteries. Mr. Bland has also worked in the automotive manufacturing industry and has held a senior position with the ergonomics division of an office furniture manufacturer. He graduated in 1989 from the University of Toronto (Canada) with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).
Mike Campagnolo, Electrical Technician
Mr. Campagnolo is a fully-licensed electrician and oversees all of the electrical installations for our battery cycling equipment as well as facility management. We frequently relocate battery cycling equipment within BET to address each customerís individual needs, and he ensures this is always done to the latest electrical codes and standards. Mr. Campagnolo joined BET Services Inc. in 1999. He graduated in 1995 from Conestoga College with a Certificate of Qualification in Electrician Construction and Maintenance-Electronic Control.
Allan Copperthwaite, Battery Test Technician
Mr. Copperthwaite has over 25 years of experience in testing of traction batteries for electric vehicles. He has been with the team since before BET Services was even established, when we were still developing Sodium Sulphur batteries. He is responsible for the design, development and implementation of all of our battery test station hardware. He is also responsible for overseeing battery testing from the initial set-up of a customerís batteries through to the completion of testing.
Zdravko Lucic, Power Electronics Engineer
Mr. Lucic joined BET Services Inc. in 1997 where he currently manages the development and integration of all high-power electronic devices used throughout BET to control battery cycling, fuel cell testing, and for control of hybrid electric powertrain systems. Previously, he had worked in Yugoslavia (Bosnia) for 15 years developing power electronic equipment. He graduated in 1979 from the University of Sarajevo with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering.
Suren Thangarajah, Software Engineer
Mr. Thangarajah joined BET Services Inc. in 1999 where he currently develops the software, CAN communication, and next-generation algorithms to control battery cycling. He is also responsible for implementing any software customization into our battery test stations to allow complete integration of any customerís battery systems. He graduated in 1998 from Ryerson University with a B.Eng degree in Electrical (Computer) Engineering.
Paul Visser, Electric Vehicle Specialist
Mr. Visser is a Class A Vehicle Mechanic and a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). He oversees all mechanical installations from liquid-to-liquid battery thermal management systems to integration of batteries into vehicles. With over 25 years of experience, he has been coordinating these responsibilities since the days of Powerplex Technologies Inc. and ABB Advanced Battery Systems Inc., when we were developing NaS traction batteries for electric vehicles.