Thermoplastic composite battery storage

Plastics research center Aimplas is taking part in a project to improve storage for batteries and fuel cells using thermoplastic composites.

The Modalt project also includes Spanish company Zeleros, Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and ZIUR Composite Solutions.

“Through Modalt we will generate differential knowledge to develop and manufacture more sustainable, lighter, safer, and long-lasting batteries,” said Daniel Fons, program technical leader at Zeleros. “The storage module we are developing will contribute to unlocking high-performance electrified vehicle applications.”

“From a materials perspective, the use of thermoplastic composites enables the structural components of batteries, when they reach the end of their service life, to have a higher recyclability percentage compared to conventional systems, contributing to the circularity of the sector and making it more sustainable and environmentally conscious,” said Guillermo Ulldemolins, a researcher at Aimplas. “Additionally, the treatment and processing with thermoplastic matrixes allow the incorporation of conductive and fire-resistant particles, thereby achieving important properties such as electromagnetic shielding and fire resistance. Reinforcement with long fibers enables the production of high-stiffness materials without compromising impact resistance.”