There is a compelling argument for materials with combined structural and energy storage capabilities. Whilst conventional engineering design focuses on compartmentalisation, i.e. minimising the mass/volume of monofunctional subsystems to deliver the best solution, multifunctionality via the use of composites is a route by which lightweighting can be achieved. We will focus on such a multifunctional device called structural composite battery, which can simultaneously carry mechanical loads and store energy – imagine that the panels of an electric car also store energy! The aim of the initiative is to build up a strong interdisciplinary team to meet the scientific and engineering challenges of structural composite batteries. Within this team we will establish an active feedback loop between processing–microstructure–performance to enable in-depth understanding of the complicated electrochemical and mechanical mechanisms in structural composite batteries, and ultimately realize a demonstration battery with an energy density of 100 Wh/kg, which is comparable with state-of-the-art batteries for electric vehicles, and a shear modulus of 1 GPa.
vid Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Material and Computational Mechanics
Professor vid Chalmers, Physics, Condensed Matter Physics
Docent vid Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Materials and manufacture
Funding Chalmers participation during 2019
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