Dana gets $3M to develop thermal management technologies

Projects meant to enhance battery systems in electric, plug-in hybrid-electric, and hybrid-electric vehicles.

MAUMEE, Ohio – Dana Holding Corp. has received two grants totaling $3 million from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to develop technology to improve thermal management systems for battery systems in electric, plug-in hybrid-electric, and hybrid-electric vehicles.

The first project aims to advance the development of aluminum heat exchangers, which are used to thermally manage electric-vehicle battery systems.  The grant focuses on improving fluxless aluminum brazing materials and process technology for manufacturing to increase process speeds, enhance cleanliness during production, and reduce overall cost.

The second project aims to address these challenges and improve battery system performance in low temperatures by developing and integrating thick-film electric surface heaters directly into the battery cooling heat exchanger.  For this project, Dana will collaborate with Datec Coatings, of Mississauga, Ontario.

Dana is a supplier of driveline, sealing, and thermal-management technologies that improve the efficiency and performance of passenger, commercial, and off-highway vehicles with both conventional and alternative-energy powertrains, based in Maumee, Ohio. The company employs more than 630 people at five locations across Ontario.

The work for these projects will be completed at Dana’s technology center in Oakville, Ontario.  Both projects are part of NRCan’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) and are expected to last approximately three years.