At Volvo, we learned how to store electricity in the body panels

At Volvo, we learned how to store electricity in the body panels

Leonid Popov, 5 hours ago. Photo: Volvo

As the test vehicle made sedan Volvo S80 it was under him researchers and she always new panel.

To company Volvo has shown interesting invention called Volvo Battery StorAGE. This supercapacitors integrated body parts. The leader of this project, which took three and a half years of studies, Imperial College London. Besides, working over the new material eight companies participated from Sweden, Germany, Greece, the UK and Belgium. And among them only one automaker Volvo. Funded project the European Union.

Replacement of steel body parts углепластиковыми panels-capacitors can potentially reduce the weight of a Golf buggy at 15%. Charge the new panel may at braking (recovery mode) or from the network and giving your energy on acceleration or simply onboard current consumers.

Scientists have invented the sandwich of углеволоконных sheets (green and yellow color scheme above) with GRP between them (grey). With the addition of some materials and formation of certain microscopic structure of a Burger can play the role of a supercapacitor. When filling in it there is a separation of charges (electrons and ions). With such a sandwich can give any form: to split on the roof, bend the arc in the wheel arches and so on. While, in the form of experiment, the partners have established two body parts, stored electricity: the lid of the trunk and hood in the engine compartment.

So supercapacitor becomes part of the outer panel of the tailgate.

Although the company anticipates that a full replacement of such unusual material of the roof, hood and all doors will supply electricity to 130 kilometers progress, it is extremely optimistic assessment, with a view to improving themselves supercapacitors (and this in itself is a great field for research). More real looks a second statement: tailgate alone could potentially be used to replace conventional car battery and spacer in the engine compartment — the battery system start/stop.

The supercapacitor hood in the engine compartment. He replaces three conventional site: the cover of the rear part of the engine compartment, power spacer between the legs of the front suspension and battery system start/stop. At turns a weight saving of over 50%. This cover can also some time to nourish the conventional 12-volt consumers on Board passenger cars.

Note by the number of stored energy described above supercapacitors are very far from traction batteries of electric cars. But they are able to provide a short time high power and recharged quickly. Precisely this mode is their hobby-horse. Unfortunately, still too early to say when such panels we see on serial cars. But there is a chance that it will be precisely Volvo cars.

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