Products to support new energies
Aware of the energetic transition challenge, Arkema develops products that will support the development of new energies, thereby helping to conserve fossil resources. Its innovative solutions in this field contribute to respond to the UN's sustainable development goal (SDG 7) "Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all".
Worldwide energy consumption jumped +120% from 1970 to 2010. Fossil energies which supported this development are limited and tend to deplete. New energies constitute one of the major area of the Arkema group’s research.
The Group develops new products targeting this sector, thereby contributing to the conservation of fossil resources. Its key areas of interest are:
- the photovoltaic sector
- lithium-ion batteries
Developments in the area of photovoltaics
- polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is used as backsheet in photovoltaic cells
- ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA) and organic peroxides are used as encapsulation materials in photovoltaic cells
Developments in the area of lithium-ion batteries
polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), either grafted or copolymerised as required, is an excellent binder for battery electrodes, and an excellent material for their "separating" ability (as a polymer film separating the two electrodes)
- new-generation lithium salts, still at an exploratory stage, should make lithium-ion batteries safer thanks to their thermal and chemical stability
The Arkema group collaborates with IREQ (Institut de Recherche d'Hydro-Québec, Canada) in the development of a new electrolyte for car and public transportation used batteries.
Fluoride and non-fluoride salts based, this electrolyte is extremely safe. It answers automotive industry demands, searching for efficient technologies, of high quality with under control costs. It is compatible with currently marketed and next generation baattery technologies lithium-ion and lithium-polymer.
The energy challenge
The world energy consumption could double by 2050 if keeping the same rate as between 1970 and 2010. Aware of this challenge, the Arkema group supports the development of alternative energies to fossil fuels which have supported industrial development until today.