The laboratory is expanding capabilities to provide accredited testing services currently not available in South Africa, such as lithium-ion cell or battery testing. The additions of a universal cell tester, temperature chambers and bench top button cell tester will allow testing of cells ranging from 18650 lithium-ion cells to button cells.
The battery testing laboratory will also expand its lead-acid battery testing services in order to test top/start battery technologies introduced by OEM’s to reduce global carbon emissions. A bidirectional tester will allow for the simulation of drive patterns typically generated by start/stop vehicles under laboratory conditions. The bidirectional testing equipment will be the only equipment of its kind in South Africa enabling uYilo to facilitate local battery manufacturers to develop batteries using specially developed testing sequences unique to South African driving conditions.