Renewable Remarks: Connecting plastics processors with battery makers

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September 07, 2011

Currently, batteries are only one of many technologies to store large amounts of energy gathered from renewable sources, such as wind generators or utility-scale solar technologies. But, as many new materials and technologies are being pursued to create more efficient batteries, opportunities for plastics manufacturers are increasing.

The automotive and transportation industries are driving improvements to battery technologies as they address the worldwide transition towards electric vehicles. Technologies serving hybrids, EVs, and EV infrastructure are producing lightweight options with longer lifetimes and many other improvements.

Plastics are typically used in some EV batteries as separator films between electrodes, and are commonly used for custom designed molds, covers, cases, battery clips, housing, doors, connectors, or as parts of advanced battery cooling systems. Plastics also help integrate EV with charging and other infrastructure systems, such as smart meters and digital control panels.

As technologies are improving, costs are falling, and given the benefits of mass production, battery makers are beginning to give more attention to grid integration. There are several ways to locate developers or manufacturers who need to integrate plastics into new battery component, system, or infrastructure designs for products that can be powered by renewable energy or that may become part of the renewable energy grid.

Targeted Online Searches

Companies who have recently received funding to develop new designs or products can be found in several places:

Google searches will lead you to a wide assortment of manufacturers in various stages of development using keyword combinations such as: energy storage , renewable energy storage , oem battery technology , battery manufacturers , charging, charger systems , EV home chargers , or cleantech batteries .

Battery, EV and Grid Industry Groups

Trade associations for renewables, batteries, EV, or grid storage, such as the EDTA, the International Lithium Alliance, or the Battery Council , provide company directories of their members and can be found on the Energy Source Guides or in other trade association lists, and even on Wikipedia.

Findsolar.com from the solar energy industry ASES provides lists of solar installers who can recommend battery manufacturers that are compatible with the residential or commercial systems they install.

Universities and research labs allow you to connect with other interested parties at events that demonstrate their technologies, such as Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory's Energy Innovation Showcase, or MIT MPC's Materials Day.

Conferences

Browse sponsors, advertisers, or attendees, network, and learn about market opportunities at these upcoming related conferences:

Customized News, Reports, and Meeting Online

You can also meet battery manufacturers, researchers, and designers in many other places online. Pose questions, meet, or follow discussions from them on many relevant LinkedIn groups, or read about them in:

  • Blogs and forums such as the Evbatteryforum or Fisker

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