Lithium-ion battery lifetime extension: A review of derating methods

Haijun Ruan, Jorge Varela Barreras, Timothy Engstrom, Yu Merla, Robert Millar, Billy Wu

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Extending lithium-ion battery lifetime is essential for mainstream uptake of electric vehicles. However, battery degradation is complex and involves coupling of underpinning electrochemical, thermal and mechanical processes, with behaviours varying based on chemistry, operating conditions and design. Derating is an attractive approach for extending lifetime due to ease of implementation, however, uncertainties remain around the optimal approach and their impacts. In this paper, we present a critical review of derating methods; dividing approaches into dynamic or static approaches based on whether the derated parameters changed with battery aging or not. Furthermore, we analyse and comment on approaches which are classified as being either heuristic or model-based. Analysis, comparison, and discussion around the derating sub-categories are presented towards highlighting underpinning insights of derating. Benefits and impacts of derating are quantified, and challenges with implementation are identified along with identification of research gaps, practical considerations and perspectives for future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number232805
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Early online date18 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2023
Externally publishedYes


This work was kindly supported by the Faraday Institution's Industrial Fellowship ( FIIF-013 ), the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award ( EP/X52556X/1 ), the EPSRC Faraday Institution's Multi-Scale Modelling Project ( EP/S003053/1 , grant number FIRG003 ), the EPSRC Joint UK-India Clean Energy centre (JUICE) ( EP/P003605/1 ) and the EPSRC Integrated Development of Low-Carbon Energy Systems (IDLES) project ( EP/R045518/1 ).


  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Lifetime extension
  • Derating
  • Degradation
  • Lithium plating
  • Charging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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