Products to support new energies

The Arkema group develops products that will support the development of new energies, thereby helping to conserve fossil resources.

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.

Another way that the Arkema group is helping to conserve fossil resources by reducing its energy consumption.

Solar panels on a inclined pink house roof

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.

 

> Innovative materials dedicated to photovoltaics

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.

 

> Improving the performance of lithium-ion batteries

The energy challenge

       

Source : International Energy Agency (IEA)

Windmills hammered in the grass, planted in a semi Earth shaped vase

From 1970 to 2010, worldwide energy consumption increased by around 120%. That pace could lead to another doubling of demand by 2050. However, the fossil energies that fueled industrial growth and remain necessary for today’s transportation sector and household heating will become scarce. Currently, oil, gas and uranium are produced from finite resources that accumulated over hundreds of millions of years. Those reserves will be depleted one day.