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On Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage
3 - 4 December 2019 | Stuttgart, Germany

Smart Materials for Structural Electronics

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


  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm
  • Networking Break & Registration
  • 3:30pm - 3:35pm

Introduction to Structural Electronics

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

  • Overview of the concept of "structural electronics"
  • Early precursors to structural electronics: examples in transportation
  • 3:35pm - 3:55pm

Technology Options For 3D Structural And Conformal Electronics

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, 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.
  • 3:55pm - 4:35pm

Overview of Nanomaterials And Multifunctional Composites

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

  • Market overview of graphene and CNTs
  • 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
  • 4:35pm - 4:45pm
  • Break
  • 4:45pm - 5:20pm

Energy Harvesting, Energy Independent Vehicles, And Smart Roads

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

  • Introduction to energy harvesting: from microwatts to megawatts.
  • The need for energy harvesting: ubiquitous sensors, actuators, lighting, thermal management etc.
  • Technology options: Thermoelectric, photovoltaics, triboelectrics, piezoelectrics, electrodynamics, electrets, ambient RF, airborne wind energy and more.
  • The source of energy: regenerative braking, solar bodywork, tires, thermals, and more
  • Roadmap for power-generating smart-roads with emerging functionality: structural health monitoring, self-de-icing, dynamic vehicle charging.
  • Outlook for the future iteration of energy independent electric vehicles that never need to be charged.
  • A look at real world examples
  • 5:20pm - 5:35pm

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 comparison for electronic shading.
  • Technology overview and comparison for transparent solar glass.
  • Market outlook by technology: what smart glass is in cars now and in the future?
  • 5:35pm - 5:45pm
  • Conclusions & Questions

Timings and the agenda are subject to change

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