The features of this BMS are
•3 to 16 Li-ion cells in series
•Continuous current: 70-100A (depending on used MOSFETs and heat sink)
•Cell types: LiFePO4, Li-ion NMC and others (customisable)
•Communication interfaces: CAN, USB (CDC-ACM and JTAG), USART, I2C, Bluetooth Low Energy, WiFi
•Measurements: Cell voltages, Pack voltage, Pack current, Pack (2x) and MOSFET temperatures
The BMS is currently under development. It will be a flexible and fully open-source design; suitable for 12V, 24V or 48V systems (up to 16 cells in series); and continuous currents of up to 100A.
It can be used in productive use appliances like milling machines; energy storage for AC mini-grid applications with up to 4 kVA inverters, and second-life batteries built e.g. from recycled EV batteries.
This technical specification describes the functions and requirements for this flexible open-source Battery Management System (BMS).
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Libre Solar invites everyone from the Open Source and Energy Access community to provide feedback, so that they can develop the BMS in a way that suits the needs of as many future users as possible.
Fresh lithium-iron-phosphate cells can last more than 10 years, eliminating the need for frequent battery replacement. Second-life applications that reuse battery cells or modules from electric vehicles are also becoming more relevant to the energy access sector.
All of these batteries require an adaptable battery management system (BMS). However, developing a BMS that is safe, cheap, and reliable requires a lot of experience and can be a big burden for small companies in the energy access sector. Read more.
How much does the Open BMS cost to manufacture? Is it possible to manufacture the PCBA locally? What equipment is required? The FAQs are starting to come in – check back for frequent updates!