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International Journal of Alternative Propulsion
International Journal of Alternative Propulsion


Special Issue on: "Energy Storage Systems for Hybrid Electric Vehicles"

Guest Editor: Dr Jonas Hellgren, Volvo Technology, Sweden

In recent years, Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) have rapidly become popular worldwide as a result of increased fossil fuel prices, environmental concern and the advances in electronic power systems. An essential part of a HEV is the Energy Storage System (ESS). Today (2007) NiMH batteries are the dominating technology for ESS. However, LiIon batteries and super capacitors are potential candidates. The different ESS technologies have diverging characteristics. For example, super capacitors have high power density and low energy density. On the other hand, LiIon batteries have the opposite relation between power and energy density. Another important aspect is lifetime. Super capacitors, for example, have an almost infinite lifetime. These facts make, for some applications, the idea of constructing ESS that combines different technologies interesting. One can for example think of integrating a super capacitor with a lead acid battery to extend the lifetime of the battery. Such systems are named combined ESSs.

The aim of this special issue of the IJAP is to compile the state-of-the-art in ESSs for HEVs. In particular, its aim is to provide a forum for representing the most recent and innovative lines of research related to mathematical modelling, optimisation, construction and real world experience from ESSs. Both technical and economical aspects are relevant. The application in focus is automotive but others such as wind power, marine, etc, are not excluded.

Subject Coverage
The research presented in the special issue will cover a range of issues and topics, including but not limited to:
  • ESS layouts and design. Questions at issue can, for example, be: are combined ESSs cost effective? If yes, how should it be arranged?
  • Mathematical modelling and simulation of ESS
  • Optimisation of ESS. The objective of such studies is typically related to adapting the layout of an ESS for a specific application
  • Economical evaluations of ESS
  • Prototype construction of ESS
  • Real world testing of ESS

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Manuscripts should be submitted no later than: 1 September 2007