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Global Structural Electronics Report 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts – A Business Of Tens Of Billions Of Dollars Within The Coming Decade – Research and Markets


June 24, 2016
By Business Wire News

DUBLIN

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts” report to their offering.

In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health Monitoring, Composite Smart Structures, Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components and circuits that act as load-bearing, protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies or conformally placed upon them. It is of huge interest to the aerospace industry which is usually the first adopter, the automotive industry and in civil engineering both with compelling needs but its reach is much broader even than this.

Electric cars badly need longer range and more space for the money and, in civil engineering, corrosion of reinforced concrete structures and tighter requirements for all structures, including early warning of problems, are among the market drivers for structural electronics.

The common factor is that both load bearing and smart skin formats occupy only unwanted space. The electronics and electrics effectively have no volume. More speculatively, electronics and electrics injected into unused voids in vehicle bodies, buildings etc., say as aerogel, could also provide this benefit without necessarily being load bearing but possibly providing other benefits such as heat insulation.

Some present and future applications of structural electronics are morphing aircraft using shape memory alloys, car with printed organic light emitting diode OLED lighting on outside and inside of roof and printed photovoltaics over the outside generating electricity supercapacitor skin on an electric car replacing the traction battery as energy storage, smart skin as a nervous system for an aircraft and solar boats and aircraft running on sunshine alone. In London, a piezoelectric smart dance floor generates electricity and smart bridges across the world have sensors and more embedded in their concrete, all forms of structural electronics as it is increasingly the way to go.

Key Topics Covered:

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

2. APPLICATIONS OF STRUCTURAL ELECTRONICS

2.1. Aerospace

2.2. Cars

2.3. Consumer goods and home appliances

2.4. Bridges and buildings

2.5. Structural electronics on the ground

2.6. Solar Roads

3. KEY FORMATS AND ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES

3.1. Basics

3.2. Detailed analysis

3.3. NASA leading the way

3.4. Early progress at plastic electronic

4. SMART SKIN

4.1. Description

4.2. Wire and cable smart cladding

4.3. Many other examples

4.3.1. Hybrid Piezo Photovoltaic Harvesting

4.4. NASA open coil arrays as electronic smart skin

4.5. American Semiconductor CLAS systems

4.6. BAE Systems UK: smart skin for aircraft then cars and dams

4.7. Graphene composite may keep wings ice-free

4.8. Composites evolve to add electronic functionality

5. SOME KEY ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES

5.1. Smart materials

5.2. Printed and flexible electronics

5.3. 3D printing

5.4. Spray on solar cells

5.5. Multi-step drop-casting of conformal film

5.6. Origami zippered tube

5.7. Smallest synthetic lattice in the world

6. STRUCTURAL SUPERCAPACITORS AND BATTERIES

6.1. Many forms of structural supercapacitor

6.2. Fundamentals

6.3. Structural batteries and fuel cells

6.4. Printable solid-state Lithium-ion batteries

7. BUILDING INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAICS (BIPV)

7.1. History

7.2. Definition and reason for new interest

7.3. Evolution

7.4. Comparison of options now and in future

7.5. Rigid to flexible to conformal and stretchable

7.6. OPV and DSSC compared

7.7. Dye Sensitised Solar Cells for BIPV

7.8. Latest CIGS progress

7.9. Huge improvement possible

7.10. Solar – takeoff soon; dominance 2050

7.11. Heat energy storage device

7.12. White solar panels vanish into buildings

7.13. World’s first BIOPV concrete façade installation

7.14. Successful start of pilot project for energy self-sufficient air dome

7.15. Concrete delivers solar energy

7.16. Non-toxic and cheap thin-film solar cells

8. COMPANY PROFILES

8.1. Boeing, USA

8.2. Canatu, Finland

8.3. Faradair Aerospace UK

8.4. Local Motors, USA

8.5. Neotech, Germany

8.6. Odyssian Technology, USA

8.7. Paper Battery Co., USA

8.8. Pavegen smart paving, UK

8.9. Soligie, USA

8.10. TactoTek, Finland

8.11. T-Ink, USA

9. RECENT INTERVIEWS

9.1. Prof. Jennifer Lewis’ Group at Harvard University and Voxel8

9.2. Supercapacitor company visits in late 2014

9.2.1. DuPont, Nippon ChemiCon

9.2.2. Taiyo Yuden

9.3. Photovoltaics and OLED company visits in late 2014

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/hmlq9f/structural

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