Electric vehicles are part of the group of vehicles called zero emissions since, on the one hand, they use a non-polluting energy source (they do not emit any gases harmful to the environment), and on the other hand they do not emit considerable noise (they are quieter than conventional internal combustion engines).
In terms of the development of these vehicles today, the main focus is on increasing their autonomy. Thus, the main developments in recent times have focused on batteries, on the optimization of the energy consumption supplied by those and increasing their capacity.
However, other factors directly influence the performance of the batteries, namely, the total weight of the vehicle and the energy consumption of the on-board equipment.
O projeto AdvancedComposite pretende, por isso, otimizar os materiais com vista ao aumento da performance elétrica e, por consequência, o aumento da autonomia do veículo sem atuar ao nível das baterias:
The AdvancedComposite project aims, therefore, to optimize materials aiming to increase electrical performance and, consequently, increasing the vehicle's autonomy without acting at the batteries level:
- Reduction of vehicle weight;
- Reduction of energy consumption stored in batteries;
- Use of more sustainable materials, either through reuse or through their ability to degrade in the environment at the end of their life cycle.
To do so, advanced functional composites will be developed for interiors of transportation systems (automotive industry) with characteristics of thermal management, lightness and sustainability. On the other hand, it is also intended to develop electronic systems that allow an integrated management of battery consumption.
The AdvancedComposite Project (NORTE-01-0247-FEDER-023994) is promoted by VEECO.