Business & Technology Insight Forums
On Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage
10 - 12 June 2019 | Novi, Michigan, USA

Smart Materials Roadmap: Massless Energy, Smart Glass & Beyond

Forum 3 | 11 June | Morning

Structural electronics is the concept of replacing components-in-a-box with truly embedded and conformally integrated solutions. This steps away from “dumb” materials and provides opportunities in cost, weight, and space-savings amongst others.

Many of the most prevalent commercial entries are for the automotive sector and the rate and magnitude of success for EVs may be underpinned by this. This session looks at the range of smart materials on offer, this includes 3D electronics, smart glass, smart roads, and integrated energy harvesting, energy storage, and sensors.
Each session will be delivered by IDTechEx analysts who have conducted the underlying research. This research is based on interviews with key players, extensive travel for global conference and events, as well as visiting prominent players in this area. The classes will include technical introductions, benchmarking studies, value chain analysis, case studies, key player analysis, current market analysis, and a global outlook. The slides will be provided to the attendees and there will be time allotted for Q&A and audience networking.

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Forum 3 | 11 June | Morning

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 1.00pm - 2.00pm

  • 9:00am - 9:30am
  • Registration
  • 9:30am - 9:55am

Progress from Components-in-a-Box To Smart Materials

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

  • Overview of the electric / optics / magnetics called "structural electronics" - how they make better electric vehicles?
  • Early precursors to structural electronics: antennas and heaters in car windows.
  • Indicators for the future: Tesla cars and Drayson racers have shaped components in gaps in their structure; now Tesla plans solar bodywork.
  • Drivers for progressing from components-in-a-box to structural electronics.
  • 9:55am - 10:45am

Technology Options for Polymeric Structural Electronics

Compiled by Dr Richard Collins, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Technology options for polymeric structural electronics: 3D printed electronics, in-mold electronics, molded interconnect device, aerosol jetting.
  • Applications and market landscape for competitive routes into 3D electronics.
  • Analysis of multifunctional polymer composites including massless energy, enhanced conductivity, and embedded data transmission.
  • Routes into structural health monitoring and market overview
  • Opportunities for smart skins.
  • 10:45am - 11:15am
  • Networking break
  • 11:15am - 11:40am

Smart Glass as Electronic Drapes & Solar Windows

Compiled by Luke Gear, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Introduction to the concept of smart glass as structural electronics in the automotive industry.
  • Technology overview and benchmark analysis for electronic shading.
  • Technology overview and benchmark analysis for transparent solar glass.
  • Market outlook by technology: what smart glass is in cars now and in the future?
  • 11:40am - 12:05pm

Smart Roads

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

  • Technology options for power-generating smart-roads (piezoelectric, photovoltaic, electrodynamic).
  • Emerging smart-road functionality: structural health monitoring, self-de-icing, dynamic vehicle charging.
  • A look at real world examples including Magment, Solaroad, Colas, TNO, Pavegen, others.
  • 12:05pm - 12:30pm

Triboelectric & Piezoelectric Tires & Bodywork

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

  • Fabric structural electronics: combinations of piezoelectrics, triboelectrics, photovoltaics and supercapacitor storage from fibers for electricity generating sails.
  • Prospects for solid state batteries that do not swell and shrink and can therefore be made into vehicle skin and fabric.
  • What is the new or planned flexible film piezoelectrics, triboelectrics, thermoelectrics, dielectric elastomer generators, nantenna light harvesting, metamaterial metal patterning and spray on photovoltaics?
  • Specifications, ambitions, roadmap.
  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
  • Questions, Answers & Networking
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm
  • Lunch & Networking

Timings and the agenda are subject to change

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