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.
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 energy challenge
Source : International Energy Agency (IEA)
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.