On the utilisation of the pseudo-capacitive capabilities of Li-ion cells for the provision of frequency response services

Martin Rogall, Tazdin Amietszajew, Rohit Bhagat, Maria Brucoli, David Greenwood

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This work investigates the capacitive capabilities of Li-ion pouch and cylindrical cells in respect to the provision of Frequency Response services and a potential for reduction in battery ageing effects. This is achieved using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and a novel method of identifying and defining the threshold frequency between pseudo-capacitive and diffusion processes of the cell. It is found that this threshold frequency is independent of current intensity up to 1 C, showing that even at high power, pseudo-capacitance has significant impact. However, a severe dependency upon relative cell surface area and State of Charge (SoC) is identified. Symmetrical charge-discharge pulses of up to 10 s utilise primarily cell capacitance. Literature indicates, that this level of utilisation reduces the electrochemical ageing impact significantly. This article displays a method to identify and isolate these processes for any given cell and to allow enhancement of conventional ageing modelling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-317
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Energy Storage
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


Bibliographical note

© 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/).


  • Capacitance
  • EIS
  • Frequency response
  • Li-Ion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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