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Bernhard Fäßler


H4023 ( Jon Lilletuns vei 9, Grimstad )
  • Bachelor and Master (Double Degree) in Mechatronics
  • PhD in Renewable Energy with Focus on Autonomous Optimization of Repurposed Electric Vehicle Batteries for Grid Balancing

Research interests

  • (Stationary) Battery Storage Systems
  • Second use of Electric Vehicle Batteries
  • Embedded Systems
  • Battery Controller Programming
  • Power Electronics
  • Electrical Grid Balancing

Courses and teaching

  • TFL115-G Introductory Course for Engineers
  • Battery Seminar

Work experience

09.2012 – 10.2013: Quality Assurance Engineer at Hirschmann-Automotive GmbH, Austria

03.2014 – 11.2014: Research Assistant at the Research Center for Microtechnology at the Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences, Austria

12.2014 – 07.2018: Research Assistant at the Energy Research Center at the Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences, Austria

08.2018 – now: Associate Professor/Researcher at the University of Agder, Norway

01.2021 – 06.2023: System Engineer at Stadler Rail, Switzerland

07.2023– now: Head of R&D and Innovation at illwerke vkw AG, Austria


2018 – ReLIEVe: Reuse of Lithium Ion-Batteries from Electrical Vehicels for stationary applications (RFF Agder)

2019 – LIBMAR: Project Proposal on Lithium-Ion Battery Material Analysis and Reuse (H2020)

2019 – SOURCE: Project Proposal on Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials (H2020)

2019 – CAELI: Project Proposal on Advanced Circular Economy Model for Lithium-ion Batteries (H2020)

2019 – BACKUP: Project Proposal on Mobile Energy Storages (RCN)

2019 – GREENBE: Project Proposal on Energy Data Vizualization (Nordforsk)

2019 – Emerging Research Center on Energy Storage (Internal Project)

2019 – RoBaD: Project Proposal on Robotized Battery Disassembly (Energimyndigheten)

2020 – ReHyB: Project Proposal on Reuse in Hybrid Battery Energy Storage Systems (H2020)

2020 – NextLFP: Project Proposal on Next Generation Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage (H2020)

2020 – Baltimore: Project Proposal on Large Batteries for Waterborne Transport (H2020)

2020 – BATNET: Project Proposal on Network Activities on Energy Storage Systems (RCN)

2020 – CARBAT “skisse” for Battery Characterization Research Infrastructure (RCN)

2020 – Electric Agder: Project Proposal on Battery Characterization in an Automated Disassembly Process (RFF)

2020 – Coordinator of the Battery Platform

2020 – UiA's coordinator of Agder Batteri

2021 – Exploiting the potential of spent electric vehicle batteries, Electric Agder (RFF)

Selected publications

Doctoral‘s Thesis: Autonomous Optimization of Repurposed Electric Vehicle Batteries for Grid Balancing (University of Agder, Norway, Summer 2018)

M. Schuler, B. Faessler, M. Preißinger, and P. Kepplinger, “A Method for Grid Simulation Assessing Demand Side Management Strategies,” in 12. Forschungsforum der Österreichischen Fachhochschulen, Salzburg, 2018, vol. 12, pp. 1–11.

B. Fäßler, G. Piredda, and J. Zehetner, “Systematic Study of the Roughness of Biodegradable Polymer Surfaces
Processed by Ultrashort Laser Pulses“, in ICALEO, vol. 32, 2014.

Master‘s Thesis: Ultrashort-pulse Laser Machining of Biodegradable Polymer Surfaces (Research Center for Microtechnology at the Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences, Austria and University of Agder, Norway, Spring 2014)

B. Fäßler and P. Pichler, “Erstellung einer Erprobungs-Strategie für ein neues Automotive-Kontaktsystem mit Fokus auf dynamische Schwingungen“, in Tag der Mechatronik 2012, Graz: Leykam Buchverlag, 2012.

Bachelor‘s Thesis: Erstellung einer Erprobungs-Strategie für ein neues Automotive Kontaktsystem mit Fokus auf dynamische Schwingungen (Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences, Hirschmann-Automotive GmbH, Austria, Spring 2012)

Scientific publications

  • Malavatu, Jayachandra; O'Born, Reyn Joseph; Peter, Kepplinger; Fässler, Bernhard (2022). Hybrid energy storage systems of energy- and power-dense batteries: a survey on modelling techniques and control methods. Procedia CIRP. ISSN: 2212-8271. 105s 794 - 798. doi:10.1016/j.procir.2022.02.193.
  • Wrålsen, Benedikte; Fässler, Bernhard (2022). Multiple scenario analysis of battery energy storage system investment: measuring economic and circular viability. Batteries. ISSN: 2313-0105. 8 (2). doi:10.3390/batteries8020007.
  • Fässler, Bernhard; Jakobsen, Aleksander Bogunovic (2021). Autonomous Operation of Stationary Battery Energy Storage Systems—Optimal Storage Design and Economic Potential. Energies. ISSN: 1996-1073. 14 (5). doi:10.3390/en14051333.
  • Wrålsen, Benedikte; Prieto-Sandoval, Vanessa; Mejia-Villa, Andres; O'Born, Reyn Joseph; Hellström, Magnus Mikael; Fässler, Bernhard (2021). Circular business models for lithium-ion batteries - Stakeholders, barriers, and drivers. Journal of Cleaner Production. ISSN: 0959-6526. 317doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.128393.
  • Kepplinger, Peter; Fässler, Bernhard; Huber, Gerhard; Muhandiram Arachchige, Subodha Tharangi; Rheinberger, Klaus; Preißinger, Markus (2019). Autonomes Demand Side Management verteilter Energiespeicher Ein Überblick über die Forschungsarbeiten der Forschungsgruppe ,,Energiesysteme und -komponenten“ an der Fachhochschule Vorarlberg. E & I. Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik. ISSN: 0932-383X. doi:10.1007/s00502-019-00782-9.
  • Fässler, Bernhard; Kepplinger, Peter; Petrasch, Jörg (2018). Field testing of repurposed electric vehicle batteries for price-driven grid balancing. Journal of Energy Storage. ISSN: 2352-152X. 21s 40 - 47. doi:10.1016/j.est.2018.10.010.
  • Fässler, Bernhard; Schuler, Michael; Preißinger, Markus; Kepplinger, Peter (2017). Battery Storage Systems as Grid-Balancing Measure in Low-Voltage Distribution Grids with Distributed Generation. Energies. ISSN: 1996-1073. 10 (12). s 1 - 14. doi:10.3390/en10122161.
  • Fässler, Bernhard; Kepplinger, Peter; Petrasch, Jörg (2017). Decentralized price-driven grid balancing via repurposed electric vehicle batteries. Energy. ISSN: 0360-5442. 118s 446 - 455. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2016.12.013.
  • Fässler, Bernhard; Kepplinger, P; Kolhe, Mohan Lal; Petrasch, J (2015). Decentralized on-site optimization of a battery storage system using one-way communication. The 4th IET Renewable Power Generation Conference, IET RPG 2015. ISBN: 978-1-78561-040-0. IET Digital Library. Kapittel.
  • Fässler, Bernhard; Birkeland, Terese (2021). Research and regulatory obstacles for stationary second use battery energy storage systems.
  • Fässler, Bernhard (2020). Battery Seminar.
  • Fässler, Bernhard (2019). Characterization, reassembly, and battery control of second use battery storage systems.
  • Fässler, Bernhard; Choux, Martin Marie Hubert; Wrålsen, Benedikte (2019). Trailblazing Resource Management Through the Upcoming Battery Wave.

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