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ModuLab XM ECS

ModuLab XM ECS is configurable design for electrochemistry, materials and photovoltaic measurements

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  • Highlights +

    • Can be tailored for your different range of electrochemical experiments through boosters and option interfaces
    • Can be expanded even beyond traditional electrochemistry including materials and photovoltaic measurements
    • Exclusive Femto module for low current measurements
    • XM-Studio software is included with all XM Series systems
    • ModuLab XM ECS impedance accuracy contour plot highlights Solartron's best in class measurement performance.

  • ModuLab ECS +

    ModuLab XM

    ModuLab XM ECS: the Xtreme Measurement electrochemical test system

    What is unique about ModuLab XM ECS?

    ModuLab XM has modularity at the center of its design. Each system can be configured for electrochemical, materials, and photoelectrochemistry measurements. At the core of each of these is the Frequency Response Analyzer. The accuracy from design to calibration is at the heart of Solartron's success and reputation for impedance measurements.

    Fast ADCs (40MHz) allow specialized techniques, such as Harmonic Analysis and Intermodulation at high sample rate to be performed at all frequencies; unlike sub-sampling techniques using slower ADCs common to other designs that are subject to aliasing errors. Harmonic Analysis is typically used to investigate cell non-linearity with application in fast charge / discharge of energy devices.

    How does energy research benefit from this XM?

    Standard features and available options such as high current boosters on ModuLab open the door to applications that other systems cannot achieve such as ultra-low, micro-ohm impedance cells (latest generation batteries and fuel cells, for example). Additional voltage measurements access simultaneous impedance measurements of the anode and cathode of a single cell; while high polarization voltage and high compliance voltage options use these for measuring across stacks of energy devices.

    How is the Frequency Response Analyzer (FRA) used in Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)?

    The FRA interacts with the potentiostat, electrochemical cell , electrolyte solution to form an EIS instrumentation system. In EIS measurements, the signal is an AC sine wave on a DC background that is applied over a range of frequency. EIS data compares the applied signal-to-measured response and the result is the impedance magnitude and phase shift. These give rise to the real and imaginary portions of the impedance.

    The most common representation of impedance data are the Nyqusit Plot sometimes called complex impedance plot. Nyquist Plot represents the real impedance on the X-axis and the imaginary component of the impedance on the Y-axis.

    Different processes are represented as components in an equivalent circuit constructed of a number of circuit elements. This is based on their respective relationship with frequency. The Double Layer Capacitance is represented as a capacitor because the impedance varies inversely with frequency and all imaginary impedance. The Solution Resistance and Charge Transfer Resistance are represented as a resistor because their impedance is independent of frequency and all real impedance. The core building block of most equivalent circuits is the Randles cell, as it has these three key components: Double Layer Capacitance (electrical double layer), Solution Resistance, and Charge Transfer Resistance. Other components representing inductance and diffusion can be added to this to represent an appropriate circuit model for your test cell.

    Impedance data aid in determination of State of Health SoH or State of Charge for Li-ion batteries, corrosion resistance or analyte concentration with impedance-based senors. EIS is the fastest growing technique in both applied and research electrochemistry.

    Dedicated system for analysis of PhotoElectrochemistry and related applications.

  • Applications and Software +

    Applications and Software

    EnergyLab XM is an application specific XM instrument designed for research of batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors. EnergyLab XM’s extreme sensitivity is used for advanced testing of lithium ion batteries and alkaline batteries. This includes research in half-cell configurations and next generation low impedance cells in the sub 100 μΩ range as well as popular battery types such as 2032 coin cell testing and 18650 cell testing.

    EnergyLab XM includes a reference grade potentiostat galvanostat, frequency response analyzer (FRA), auxiliary voltage channels and 2A booster. These features provide accuracy to the most common tests for impedance and battery capacity (charge discharge) to measure rated capacity (mA h) or energy (watt hours) that a battery can deliver.

    High current may be needed for battery testing, to either fully charge or fully discharge the battery cell at high discharge rate or measure low impedance. External power boosters up to 100 A can be connected to the EnergyLab XM. Our boosters are automatically controlled for fully integrated tests.

    All modes -- poteniotstat, galvanostat...boosted and non -- make use of Solartron Analytical’s unique auxiliary channel capability. These auxiliary channels can measure nominal voltage across the battery terminals of a single cell in a stack or at the cell level across the anodes, cathodes, separators.  Simultaneous coordinated measurements of DC and impedance can identify the mode of battery failure and predict battery life.

    EnergyLab XM’s impedance accuracy contour plot highlights Solartron’s best in class measurement performance.

  • Brochure and Manual +

  • Differentiated Specifications +

     Specifications ModuLab XM ECS EnergyLab XM EchemLab XM
    Polarization, Compliance Voltage ±8 V up to ± 100 V ± 8V ±100 V
    Max Current Output ± 300 mA up to ± 100 A  ± 2 A up to ± 100 A ± 300 mA up to ± 100 A
    Min Current Range ± 30 nA
    (1.5 pA resolution)
    to ± 30 pA (1.5 fA)
    ± 30 nA
    (1.5 pA resolution) 
    ± 30 nA
    (1.5 pA resolution) 
    Advanced EIS Functions
     Accuracy to sub 100 µΩ
     Auxiliary Voltage Inputs
     Multi-Sine (improved speed)
     Harmonic Analysis (cell linearity)
     Integrated EIS Modeling 
     With all FRA Modules  Standard
  • External Power Booster Options +

    External Power Booster Options

     Power Booster PART NUMBER Voltage, Current, Power
    BOOST6V100A Power Booster 6V, 100A 
    BOOST8V50A Power Booster 8V, 50A
    BOOST10V60A Power Booster 10V, 60A
    BOOST12V20A Power Booster  12V, 20A
    BOOST24V10A Power Booster 24V, 10A
    BOOST50V5A Power Booster 50V, 5A 
    BOOST50V25A Power Booster 50V, 25A , 125 W
    BOOST100V3A Power Booster 100V, 3A 
  • ModuLab Modules for Configuration +

    The following are Part Numbers, Description and Notes for configuring the ModuLab XM ECS 

     PART NUMBER Description
    XM PSTAT 1MS/s  Potentiostat/Galvanostat, 1MS/s maximum data acquisition rate, DC and EIS (EIS requires FRA) 
    XM PSTAT AUX Four channel auxiliary differential voltage option, DC and EIS (EIS requires FRA) 
    XM HV30 High voltage polarization and compliance 30 V option, includes 4 HV auxiliary diff voltage inputs, DC and EIS (EIS requires FRA)
    XM HV100  High voltage polarization and compliance 100 V option, includes 4 HV auxiliary diff voltage inputs, DC and EIS (EIS requires FRA)
    XM FEMTO AMMETER  Low current option, DC and EIS (EIS requires FRA) 
    XM BOOSTER 2A  2 Amp booster option (up to 20V using XM HV option, 8V using XM Pstat 1MS/s), DC and EIS (EIS requires FRA)  
    XM FRA 1MHz  FRA option (frequency range 10 μHz to 1 MHz, swept sine, multi-sine / FFT, harmonics, intermodulation) 
    XM FRA 300kHz  FRA option (frequency range 10 μHz to 300 kHz, swept sine, multi-sine / FFT, harmonics, intermodulation) 
    XM CHAS 04   4 slot chassis 
    XM CHAS 08   8 slot chassis (recommended for future system expandability)  

    Each option module requires one chassis slot, except the XM BOOSTER 2A requires two slots, and the XM PSTAT AUX requires no slots (factory fit only to XM-Pstat)
    At least one XM PSTAT 1MS/s is required per chassis, all options are associated with the Pstat
    Independent XM ECS channels can be configured by adding groups of modules to the chassis
    ModuLab XM ECS and MTS module groups may be operated independently in the same chassis for combined electrochemistry and materials applications
    All option modules are "plug and play" and can be installed by customer, except for XM PSTAT AUX
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  • Optional Software +

    • ZView Software
      ZView Software

      Companion EIS data analysis software for ZPlot and other related packages, offering best-in-class equivalent circuit modeling

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