Motivated by the request to build shape-conformable, flexible, and structural batteries while maximizing the energy storage and electrochemical performances, 3D printing appears as a revolutionary tool. Battery components such as electrodes, separator, electrolyte, current collectors, and casing can be customized with any shape, enabling the direct introduction of batteries and all electronics within the final three-dimensional object. 3D printing also allows the implementation of complex 3D electrode architectures reported to significantly enhance the power performances. Transitioning from conventional 2D to complex 3D lithium-ion battery architectures will increase the electrochemically active surface area, enhance the lithium ions diffusion paths, and lead to improved specific capacity and power performance.Continue reading “3D Printing as a New Tool for Structural Batteries”
At Arrival, we are reinventing both the design and production of electric vehicles for end to end sustainability. Only true innovation of both products and processes can deliver the radical impact we need to combat the worst effects of the climate crisis.
We created a revolutionary new method of design and production to remove the cost barrier to electrification. For a clean, circular and equitable future, we need true sustainability that’s accountable and transparent.
Battery technology is of strategic importance for the mobility sector and energy transition. Therefore, it is key to develop the necessary knowledge and competences in an organized take a position in the global competitive battery supply chain. With some key competences in heavy duty mobility, next generation cell components, complex (thin-film) production equipment and circularity, the Netherlands has the opportunity to take position in this value chain.Continue reading “Dutch Battery Ecosystem and National Strategy”
Reduce – Reuse – Recycle. These are the three major strategies to lower emissions and ressource consumption. EDAG as an engineering service provider has developed different approaches following these strategies.Continue reading “The 3 Rs of sustainability – applications to the automotive industry”
The automotive industry continues to face strong regulatory and public pressure to increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. Against this context, many of the world’s largest automakers are targeting carbon neutrality by the next decade.
One of the pathways to progress is the use of more sustainable plastic materials, which can have a significant impact on lowering world’s CO2 footprint. This can include increased use of plastics recovered through mechanical recycling, which helps avoid plastic waste and associated environmental impacts. However, in many cases, use of these recycled plastics can have a negative effect on the quality of the end application.
To improve the efficiency and driving range of electric vehicles (EVs), one strategy is the weight reduction of the entire vehicle. There are already available solutions based on advanced light materials with promising structural properties but these solutions still need further development to increase their Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and market outreach. Furthermore, increasing environmental awareness and forthcoming stricter regulations demands the adoption of circular economy principles across the entire vehicle life-cycle.Continue reading “ALMA: Advanced Light MAterials and processes for the eco-design of electric vehicles”
To decarbonize the automotive value chain, innovations that enhance the life cycle and circularity performance of the vehicles are needed at a faster pace. To support this decarbonization goal, ALMA, an EU-sponsored Horizon 2020 project, aims to develop a novel, lightweight structure (at TRL 8) for a battery electric vehicle that has lower environmental impacts compared to conventional design. ALMA project applies a two-level approach: 1) holistic eco-design of the novel vehicle structure and 2) adoption of circular economy principles across the entire vehicle life cycle.Continue reading “Design for Sustainability (D4S) and Design for Circularity (D4C) for the automotive industry using state-of-the art sustainability assessment tool”
A presentation by Barend Ubbink, Quality Assurance at ARN Auto Recycling. Great to work together with the whole end-of-life vehicle recycling chain that’s achieve a recyclingperformance of 98,4 % in 2019. Recycling is a team effort, we need to do this together!Continue reading “Recycling of the end of life vehicles in the Netherlands and the upcoming challenges”
Presented by Thijs Romans, Group Leader Engineering Analysis at VIRO. In order to use composites in automotive applications, it must be proven that existing solutions (metallic based) can be replaced by them. This involves many considerations (strength, fatigue, weight, durability, cost, etc.).Continue reading “Advancements in analysis methods for composite automotive applications”
Scandinavian Enviro Systems and the French global tyre manufacturer Michelin have signed three definitive agreements that form the basis of the companies’ strategic partnership. The agreements regulate the terms for a jointly owned plant for the recycling of end-of-life tyres in Chile, the terms and conditions for Michelin’s use of Enviro’s patented technology, and payment for this, and the terms and conditions for payment to Enviro for deliveries of technology and services to the jointly owned plant in Chile.Continue reading “Michelin and Enviro will build a recycling plant for Tyres”