New energies: Arkema's commitment for tomorrow
Arkema materials used in solar panels, wind tubine blades and electric batteries support society's transition to new energies. Global needs for energy are growing year by year. To meet this demand and tackle dwindling resources, innovating and optimizing existing technologies is becoming a matter of urgency. Focus on these new materials developed by the Arkema's R&D.
Worldwide, green energies posted record growth. Investments totaled $286 billion in 2016, or twice what was spent on new coal-and-gas facilities ($130 billion), according to the Renewables 2016 Global Status Report.
In the booming market of the new energies, we partner with specialized laboratories, industry and end-users to conduct our research.
Arkema and new energies: partnerships for tomorrow
Arkema and the France's National Solar Enery Institute (INES), created a laboratory dedicated to polymer materials for photovoltaic (PV) panels. It combines our expertise in polymers with INES's expertise in design and production processes for silicon and thin-film PV technologies.
Regarding wind power, Arkema has joined forces with several innovative SMEs like Plastinov: this is the Effiwind project. The objective is to develope tomorrow's wind turbine blades with Arkema's Elium® resin.
Arkema and Canadian power utility Hydro-Québec have created a joint R&D laboratory dedicated to energy storage. The laboratory will develop a new generation of materials used to make lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Oxis Energy partnership
Since 2012, Arkema has been cooperating on research with Onix Energy, a U.K.-based company that is designing, developing and manufacturing lithium-sulfur batteries, the next generation of rechargeable batteries.