ECE 332:418 CAPSTONE PROJECT ABSTRACT Spring 2014 Title: Making the Most Out of Second-Use Electric Vehicles Batteries with Efficient Energy Management System. Team Members: Jarek Roszko, Mohammad Khan, Ammar Saleem, and Nabil Ali Introduction: Electric vehicles (EV’s) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV’s) are gaining popularity in the US and around the world because they are promoted as environmentally friendly cars. Air pollution, record high gas prices, and dependence on foreign oil are pushing sales growth of the EV’s and PHEV’s. Advertisements assure us of “zero emission” and the question asked is no longer “why electric?” but “why gasoline?” While most electric car owners consider themselves “green”, the process of mining for lithium and the production of these batteries in reality is actually a less than “green” activity. In addition, the recycling process is neither simple nor cheap. Objective: As this new market of electric cars is growing in popularity, Rutgers University sees an opportunity for the second use of these “retired” batteries from the automotive industry. Surely these “retired” Lithium-ion batteries can find use almost anywhere, but one application that stands out most is in renewable energy such as solar or wind energy storage. The main objective of our project is to monitor the overall health of the batteries vs. years of service with growing demand for sustainable energy and its storage. Design: There are two parts of this project. In first part, which is Hardware, we planned the layout of the physical Electronic materials, testing and creating the lithium ion battery banks and Load Circuit. In second part, which is Software, we are using LabView software to measure and monitor the Battery bank.