A robust approach to battery SOH estimation combining equivalent circuits with machine learning

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Li-ion battery state-of-health (SOH) diagnosis in real-world operating environments remains a challenge. Equivalent circuit models (ECMs) commonly employed by battery management systems suffer from the loss of accuracy over the full range of operating conditions faced in real-life operation. This is because some circuit parameters are functions of the internal states, such as SoC, as well operating conditions such as applied current and temperature. This state dependence of model parameters also affects the reliability of ECMs when applied to model-driven SOH diagnosis. On the other hand, while more accurate, using physics-based models for diagnosis is also difficult as they rely on prior knowledge of a large number of battery parameters and the absence of a reference electrode in commercial cells severely limits model identifiability. To improve the accuracy and stability of ECMs in SOH diagnosis, we propose a hybrid approach combining an ECM with machine learning in order to estimate the functional dependency of ECM parameters on battery states and operating conditions. Specifically, we employ computationally efficient Gaussian process regression to simultaneously retrieve battery states and model parameters as functions of operating conditions directly from drive cycle data. We demonstrate how a 1st order RC circuit may be fully parameterized using this method, making ECMs both more accurate in predicting voltage as well as more robust when applied to SOH diagnosis. The method is also battery chemistry and construction agnostic, making it applicable from cell to pack level.

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