As part of the tricycle project
, I'm looking at the option of making custom na-ion batteries. The production method would be entirely similar to li-ion batteries, so perhaps some of you that have done this already could help me with this.
I'm thinking of using the Tiamat batteries
The Tiamat batteries are essentially 18650 format cells (the same cell type as in li-ion). I'm assuming both the na-ion and the li-ion have the same specs, so 1,5 Ah (1,5V x 1A), 65-68 mm long, 18mm thick
If I put 24 of these in series I get = 36V x 1A and if I use 13 of these 24-packs in parallell I get 36V x 13A, so 468 Watt/hr, which is similar to regular na-ion e-bike batteries. Of this 468 watt/hr, only 374 watt/hr is usable (20% DOD) which is actually too low as I need 420 watt/hr that is actually usable. So 36V x 17 Ah is better (612 watt/hr of which 489 watt/hr is usable). 17 ah ebike batteries are also quite standard, so it should be easy enough to find a charger for that too. 17 packs of 24 means 408 cells that need to be purchased.
I would also put in some more space than what's usual in between the cells to increase cooling; also added would be a fan (or 2) in front of the cells to increase air flow between the spaces when the vehicle is parked. When riding, air would flow naturally, so fans can be off, and air flows in via a separate pipe.
So, what "housings" are available for this sort of project (brands/models) in which I can place the cells in, along with mounting a fan or 2 and which have sufficient space in between the cells ?
Also, do I need to solder the batteries to a wire strip, ... ?
I want a decent connection, but if possible, prefer that the cells can still be removed if needed.