Business & Technology Insight Forums
On Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage
3 - 4 December 2019 | Stuttgart, Germany

Smart Materials Roadmap: Massless Energy, Smart Glass & Beyond



Forum 3 | 3 December | 3:30pm-5:45pm

Smart bodywork roadmap including "Massless Energy" and smart glass: More space,lightness, range, functionality from solar, supercapacitor and battery bodywork and achieving the impossible. 
 This forum is intended for those who already understand the basics of EV powertrains: 48V mild hybrid, parallel and series full hybrid, including fuel cell hybrid and pure electric. The forum goes deeper into the markets but particularly the technology. It helps you to understand how EV technology will reflect changing choices of vehicle. For example, the move to cities and internet shopping will reduce car demand and increase demand for pure electric delivery trucks.  Pollution means even the largest delivery trucks are electrifying and fuel cell versions are currently winning here. There are ten times as many trucks as buses in the world so trucks will, at last, come center stage in EV technology applications. Aircraft and the construction/agriculture/mining sector will become large, exceptionally profitable EV markets with special technological requirements. There will be three times as many solar robot weeders as e-bikes in the world and the largest, most expensive EV powertrains on land will be in mining. Overlaid on all this is the evolution that applies to all of them such as proliferation of self-powered sensors, batteries becoming less of the cost and new types of proliferating motor-generators and power electronics becoming much more of the cost. The transition from components-in-a-box to structural electronics, electrics, magnetics and optics also applies to everything. Learn who, where, why, when and how, including the vital position of China in all this.

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Forum 3 | 3 December | 3:30pm-5:45pm

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

  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm
  • Networking Break & Registration
  • 3:30pm - 3:55pm

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.
  • 3:55pm - 4:20pm

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.
  • 4:20pm - 4:45pm

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?
  • 4:45pm - 4:55pm
  • Break
  • 4:55pm - 5:10pm

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
  • 5:10pm - 5:35pm

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.
  • 5:35pm - 5:45pm
  • Conclusions & Questions

Timings and the agenda are subject to change

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