Cary Laird

  • caryel2@illinois.edu
  • Ph.D. Student – Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering – Auburn University
  • B.S. in Physics – Auburn University
  • Research Interests: Control and System Design Optimization for Electrified Mobility
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Current Work

Many electrified systems rely solely on batteries for energy storage. Batteries provide high-energy storage but are limited by the amount of power they can supply. Supercapacitors, on the other hand, are equipped to supply high instantaneous power but are limited by the amount of energy they can store. My research focuses on  improving the pulsed power capabilities of current energy storage systems by combining battery packs with supercapacitors. By modeling these hybrid energy storage systems (HESS),  I aim to demonstrate improved power capabilities and battery life.