Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Development and Testing of an Advanced Battery Management System(28461)

Urban Electric Power, LLC


Urban Electric Power Inc (UEP) was founded in 2011 based on NiZn technology developed at the CUNY Energy Institute. The system has been scaled from an initial cell size of 6 Wh, in 2008, to 20 Wh, in 2010, to 1 kWh, in 2011. The battery arrays are currently operating with relatively primitive controls that limit performance to that of the weakest cell in an array. The building-connected array switches on and off based on primitive threshholding algorithms to reduce peaks. This is not optimal, in that the array may be discharged by shaving a smaller peak at the time when a larger peak arises.

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Project Description

Overall, this project aims to develop a battery-management system that optimizes control for peak-shaving applications. Important sub-objectives include: developing robust models for battery cell behavior; controlling strategies that leverage cell-level information and models to maximize performance of arrays of battery cells; and interfacing the control systems with demand charge-reduction algorithms that use forecasts of power requirements to optimally deploy system output to shave peaks.


UEP expects several patents to result from this project. Development of the software and control systems will increase the valuation of UEP and assist with its raising investment funds during 2012. This, in turn, would allow it to establish manufacturing capabilities in New York and grow a workforce to a projected 20 skilled employees and 20 assembly technicians by 2014. Further, these solutions could potentially decrease electricity expenses in high-cost markets, such as New York City and Long Island.

Project Results


Urban Electric Power, LLC
423 W127th St., Ste PH
New York, NY 10027

Principle Investigator

Valerio DeAngelis

Universities Involved



Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Energy Storage

NYSERDA Contact Information

Jennifer Harvey


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 10/12/2012
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 28461

Last Updated: 1/31/2013