Southwest Research Institute will launch a cooperative research project, called the Energy Storage System Evaluation and Safety (EssEs) consortium, to help vehicle manufacturers and battery suppliers develop precompetitive, detailed cell-level test data on electrochemical storage systems and perform research to advance testing methodologies for battery evaluation. The four-year consortium, renewable annually, is designed to provide transparency in the automotive battery market to advance global development of energy storage systems. Test data produced by the consortium will free up resources of original equipment manufacturers, allowing them to concentrate on product development rather than performing battery cell assessments, said Dr. Bapiraju Surampudi, a principal engineer in SwRI’s Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division, who is heading the EssES consortium. Membership fees will fund assessment testing of 8 battery types for life and abuse testing and 16 cell types for characterization testing. The initial EssEs meeting will be held May 24 at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.