Battery Innovation Centre

Advanced technology development

MOBI’s Battery Innovation Centre is the main Belgian expertise centre for research and development of energy storage systems for traction and stationary applications. It offers state-of-the-art facilities, tools and solutions for the energy storage systems market.

Cutting edge storage Research & Development

Energy Storage Systems (ESS) present key challenges for clean and energy efficient systems such as electric and hybrid propulsion systems. The Battery Innovation Centre develops dedicated battery, hybrid capacitor and supercapacitor models, battery management systems, thermal management systems and dedicated state estimation techniques (State-of-Charge, State-of-Health and State-of-Function indicators).

This expertise is based on in-depth experimental analysis. As such, we make an active contribution to international standardization, facilitating ESS benchmarking. Our extensive database of experimental results also enables more advanced modelling and benchmarking from ESS material to system levels.

innovation of rechargeable energy storage

Research Areas

state of charge estimation

The research done within the Battery Innovation Centre covers a wide variety of topics such as characterization, simulation and prototyping from small cell to large pack level. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • The development of next-generation battery technologies such as solid state, Li-sulfur, etc.
  •  Battery cell fabrication and process optimization focused on solid-state batteries
  •  Mathematical modelling
    • Continuum electrochemical modelling
    • Electrical modelling
    • Thermal modelling
    • Lifetime prediction modelling
    • Fabrication process modelling
  • State estimation (state-of-charge and state-of-health)
  • Non-linear parameter estimation techniques
  • Ageing prediction and degradation mechanism detection
  • Control strategies for battery management systems
  • Development and prototyping thermal management systems
  • Battery sizing strategy
  • Evaluation of second life batteries
  • Standardisations

For a detailed overview of our research activities, please look here.


The Battery Innovation Centre owns and operates the largest Belgian battery testing capacity:

  • More than 300 channels
  • 12 climate chambers
  • 42 impedance spectroscopy channels
  • Thermal imaging equipment
  • Argon Glove Box for Post-Mortem Analysis
  • Pilot line for making next-generation battery cells
  • Dry Room -60°C dew point
  • Thermal management platform
  • In-Situ XRD of battery cells

battery testing temperature chambersIn Situ XRD 





For a detailed overview, please visit the Battery Innovation Centre Infrastructure-page.

Strategic partnerships

Our Battery Innovation Centre is regularly placed at the disposal of organizations and private companies for testing, simulation, prototyping and proof-of-concept. Being located in the centre of Brussels, we foster important opportunities for synergies and partnerships. At the same time, we create a positive environment for collaboration with the industry. Contact us if you want to become our partner.

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Abraham Alem Kebede

Abraham Alem has completed his bachelor degree in Electrical engineering at Adama science & technology University and his master’s degree in Electrical...


Anish Raj Kathribail

Anish is currently a PhD student at the Department ETEC – Electrical Engineering and Energy Technology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


Ashkan Pirooz

Ashkan Pirooz obtained his M.Sc.


Danial Karimi

Danial Karimi received his M.Sc. in Mechatronics Engineering from Tehran Science and Research University, Iran and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.


Dr. Joris Jaguemont

Joris Jaguemont received a Master Degree in electrochemistry from University of Versailles (UVSQ, France) in 2012.


Dr. K. Burak Dermenci

Dr. Dermenci obtained his B.Sc. Degree in 2010 and M.Sc. Degree in 2012 at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.


Dr. Maitane Berecibar

Dr Eng Maitane Berecibar is the Battery team leader in the MOBI research group at VUB. She is now in charge of R&D innovation and strategy on the field...


Dr. Taimoor Zahid

Taimoor Zahid received his B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering (specialization in Computer Engineering) from University of Engineering and Technology...


Dr. Yousef Firouz

Yousef Firouz received his M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Leibniz University of Hannover-Germany and K.n.Toosi University of technology Tehran-Iran in...


Foad Heidari Gandoman

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Hamidreza Beheshti

Hamidreza Beheshti is an Electrochemist, whose work focuses on Energy Storage Systems and Batteries.


Hamidreza Behi

Hamidreza acquired 4 years of research and development experience in multidisciplinary institutions in Europe ( Royal Institute of Technology and The...


Jiacheng He

Jiacheng He obtained his master’s degree in electromechanical engineering from Southwest University, Chongqing, China, in 2018. He joined the MOBI team as a ...


Lysander De Sutter

Lysander De Sutter obtained his M.Sc. in Electromechanical Industrial Engineering, specialization Vehicle Technology and Transport at VUB in 2016.


MD Sazzad Hosen

Sazzad Hosen is a mechanical graduated from Bangladesh. He received his M.Sc. degree in Power Engineering from BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany in 2016.


Mohsen Akbarzadeh

Mohsen Akbarzadeh graduated in M.Sc. degree of Mechanical Engineering – Energy Conversion in 2017 from the Faculty of Engineering at Ferdowsi University of...


Omid Rahbari

Omid Rahbari graduated in the field of Energy Systems Engineering from IAU-STB, Tehran, with a graduate thesis on the application of soft computing and...


Poonam Yadav

Poonam graduated as a Chemical Engineer from Panjab University, India in 2012. After graduation she worked as Chemical Engineer in India.


Prof. dr. Joeri Van Mierlo

Joeri Van Mierlo is a key player in the Electromobility scene. He is professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, one of the top universities in this field.


Rekabra Youssef

Rekabra graduated from Damascus University as a mechanical engineer and went on to complete a master’s at the HILRA Institute for laser research and...


Sahar Khaleghi

Sahar Khaleghi is a PhD research fellow of the MOBI (Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology) research centre at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


Theodoros Kalogiannis

Theodoros Kalogiannis graduated Electrical and Computer Engineering from DUTH in his home country Greece.