The Centre for Automotive & Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE) is a nationally recognised independent research, development, test and certification house. We have a reputation for cutting edge research and knowledge transfer activities within the advanced automotive and power systems engineering sectors.

CAPSE’s mission is to support businesses and organisations to develop the next generation of low carbon technologies, backing the creation of new jobs and economic opportunities. 

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CAPSE Services

CAPSE Facilities

CAPSE Industries Serviced



CAPSE can deliver a significant range of research and development (R&D), testing and advisory services focused around automotive, energy storage, power electronics, control systems design and advanced communications, including:

R&D, Advisory and Testing

  • Pack Functionality and Frequency Response
  • Environmental & Transportation Validation Testing
  • Electrical & Functional Safety Validation Testing
  • Electrochemical Analysis
  • BMS and Module Functional Testing
  • Overdischarge & Overcharge Testing
  • Pack, Module & Cell Cycle Ageing
  • Cell Life Cycle Characteristics Testing
  • Climatic Testing
  • Thermal Testing
  • Final Battery Pack Disposal
  • Energy Storage R&D
  • Consultancy, Support & Training
  • EMC Testing

Abuse and Homologation Testing

  • Thermal Runaway
  • Local Deformation
  • Leakage
  • Short Circuit 
  • Passive Propagation Resistance Test
  • Fire Resistance
  • Immersion
  • Crush
  • Drop
  • Nail Penetration
  • R100 Homologation
  • Chinese Standards


Based within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Science at the University of South Wales, CAPSE prides itself on its specialised facilities and equipment, as well as its commitment to ongoing research and development, which empowers professional engineers and support staff to deliver innovative products and services.

CAPSE Facilities
  • Climatic Chambers
  • FTF Pack Cyclers
  • FTV Module Cycler
  • LCV Module Cycler
  • MCV Cell Cyclers
  • Climatic Cell Chambers
CAPSE Facilities
  • Dynamometer
  • CAN Technology
  • Drop Rig
  • Crush Rig
  • Immersion Tank
  • Passive Propagation Rig
CAPSE Facilities
  • Short Circuit Rig
  • LV Testing Set Up
  • Nail Penetration Set Up
  • Local Deformation Rig


We are committed to working closely with industry leaders to meet the challenges in the transport and energy sectors, and prioritise our customer needs by providing a flexible and bespoke range of services which aims to deliver a greener and more sustainable future.

CAPSE Industries

  • Automotive
  • Energy Storage
  • Commercial Vehicles
  • High Performance & Motorsport

CAPSE Industries

  • Plant
  • Marine
  • Defense

CAPSE Industries

  • Rail
  • Public Transport
  • Aerospace


CAPSE has a dedicated team of onsite specialists who are experts in their fields. Their knowledge is an accumulation of experience within a range of industries, such as aerospace, automotive and energy storage. 

Jonathan Williams (Director)

CAPSE - Jonathan

For over 12 years Jonathan has been the Centre Director for CAPSE. Jonathan's mission has been to support businesses and other organisations to develop the next generation of low carbon technologies, and in doing so support the creation of new jobs and economic opportunities.

A few of our dedicated CAPSE team