3D Printing as a New Tool for Structural Batteries

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.

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Sustainability through Material Innovation

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.

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Dutch Battery Ecosystem and National Strategy

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.

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Circular Thermoplastic Solutions for Sustainable Mobility

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.

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ALMA: Advanced Light MAterials and processes for the eco-design of electric vehicles

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.

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Design for Sustainability (D4S) and Design for Circularity (D4C) for the automotive industry using state-of-the art sustainability assessment tool

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.

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reLFT: A sustainable solution for thermoplastic composite waste?

Marc Huisman

by Marc Huisman, Program Manager Lightweight Automotive, Brightlands Materials Center

This presentation will show a unique material processing concept of thermo-mechanical recycling that uses post-industrial or post-consumer continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic waste material and turns into an engineering material that can be used in compression molding or injection molding of technically demanding applications such as required in the automotive industry.

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