Established on December 18, 2012, the Battery Research Center of Green Energy (BRCGE) of Ming Chi University of Technology (MCUT) is a unique organization which focuses especially on the research and development of future green energy technologies for industries. At the initial stage, the center has invested 2.7 million US dollars in its 1,300 square meter floor area for building, remodeling and facility installation.
The principal researchers consist of faculty members from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Departments of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. The BRCGE currently includes a center director, two managers, an administrator, a technician, and a few postdoctoral research members. There are two divisions: Battery Research Division is responsible for planning and carrying out research projects and Industry-University Service Division is responsible for operating and maintaining the center's facilities and helping with administrative aﬀairs.
The goals of the BRCGE are to offer consultancy services to industries and to develop new technologies for industrial demands. The facilities of BRCGE are also expected to open for industrial users. By doing these, we hope to provide better service and have better connections with battery industries.
The research involved at BRCGE can be classified into four directions:
1. Inorganic materials
2. Organic and polymeric materials
3. Battery development
4. Battery applications and system design
Team-1 is to carry out the research in developing advanced lithium ion batteries. Current focus is on the syntheses and characterizations of LiFePO4 and related materials.
Team-2 is developing DMFC and PEMFC materials and components such as catalyst, electrolyte membrane, and membrane electrode assembly (MEA).
Team-3 will devotes itself on the applications of batteries such as electric scooters, electric vehicles, and battery management systems (BMS).
Industry-University Service Division is responsible for general administration affairs and the communications between industry and the center. It is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the center’s instruments and equipments.