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Composite Structural Power Storage for Hybrid Vehicles

Objective

Weight is a premium; any material which does not contribute to load-carrying capacity is structurally parasitic. The focus of StorAGE is an key example; energy storage. Conventional design attempts to maximise the efficiency of the individual subcomponents. A different approach is to create novel multifunctional materials that simultaneously perform more than one function, thus offering significant savings in mass & volume, or performance benefits. The versatility of polymer composites means that they provide an ideal opportunity to develop novel multifunctional materials which can store the electrical energy required to power systems, whilst meeting the demands of the mechanical loading. Carbon fibre composites are attractive as they are commonly used as both electrodes & high performance reinforcements but usually the forms of carbon are different. Previous work has demonstrated such multifunctional materials can be synthesised at a laboratory level, & the technology is ready to be taken up by industry. StorAGE will consider 4 multifunctional devices: capacitors, batteries, supercapacitors & hybrid capacitors. It is anticipated that the parallel development of four types of device, all of which have generic technologies & issues, will help mitigate the risks, & allow the most fruitful approaches to be taken forward to the technology demonstrator level. The initial research will be split into two parallel paths; reinforcement & multifunctional resin development. The constituents will then be brought together in composite manufacture & characterisation. The systems issues for these materials will be addressed, culminating in components being assessed on a hybrid car. The overall aim will be to show these materials imbue at least a 15% improvement in efficiency over the performance of conventional materials and devices. In summary, StorAGE will develop revolutionary concepts for lightweight energy storage to realise efficient energy needs of future vehicles.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 870 254
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)

Participants (8)

RISE SICOMP AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 518 374
Address
Fibervaegen 2 - Oejebyn
941 26 Pitea
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Leif Asp (Prof.)
INASCO HELLAS ETAIREIA EFARMOSMENON AERODIASTIMIKON EPISTIMON EE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 248 116
Address
Napoleontos Zerva 18
16675 Glyfada Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mihalis Kazilas (Dr.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 309 027
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annika Hofling (Ms.)
UMECO STRUCTURAL MATERIALS (DERBY) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 111 885
Address
Concorde House, Warwick New Road 24
CV32 5JG Leamington Spa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Quentin Fontana (Dr.)
NANOCYL SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 167 747
Address
Rue De L'essor 4
5060 Sambreville
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Géraldine Dupin (Ms.)
VOLVO PERSONVAGNAR AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 15 909
Address
Avd 50090 Hb3s
405 31 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per-Ivar Sellergren (Dr.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 125 250
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eva-Maria Mueller (Ms.)
ETC Battery and FuelCells Sweden AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 143 850
Address
Alevägen 47
44911 Nol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Aronsson (Dr.)