Contributing to the development of new energies
The Arkema group is developing new materials to encourage the development of renewable energies - photovoltaic panels and lithium-ion batteries - and to improve their performances.
Global energy demand is expected to double by 2050. Faced with the depletion of fossil fuels and the necessity to reduce greenhouse gases, the development of renewable energies is inevitable.
The Arkema group is developing innovative materials and is providing industry with effective solutions both in photovoltaics panels (energy production) and lithium-ion batteries (energy storage) to increase their reliability and performances. The Group contributes also to reinforce competitiveness of these new energy sectors.
Improving photovoltaic performance
The materials used to manufacture the components of solar panels all come from the field of chemistry. Since 2001, the Arkema group has provided specially designed components in order to :
- improve efficiency of PV panels
- extend their lifetime
- simplify manufacturing processes and reduce production costs
Providing solutions for energy storage
Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used for electric vehicles and portable devices (telephones, computers, tablets, etc.). This storage technology also represents a key issue for the development of renewable energies such as solar and wind energy.
In fact, it is necessary to be able to store these intermittent energies and then provide them according to the need.
The research being conducted and the components being developed by the Arkema group aim to increase the reliability, longevity and storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries. The Arkema group is also contributing to the development of other innovative energy storage systems.