Japanese materials supplier Asahi Kasei and its US-based subsidiary Celgard will be displaying a newly-developed lithium-ion battery mock-up at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference Europe (AABC) in Strasbourg at the end of this month.
Featuring high-performance thermoplastics and separators, the mock-up showcases thermoplastics used in the design of lightweight, flame-resistant compact structural battery parts.
In a statement 15 Jan, the company said it used modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) Xyron resins to produce structural components, such as battery spacers and cell-holders. Xyron mPPE engineering plastics are low density thermoplastics offering excellent dimensional and hydrolitic stability, in addition to good electrical properties, making them extremely suitable for light and compact battery housings.
The design also features an exhaust duct made from mPPE particle foam SunForce boasting a high fire protection class of UL94 V-0, high formability and high thermal insulation properties.
Asahi Kasei's subsidiary Celgard, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a developer and manufacturer of high-performance battery membrane separator technology. The separators are used in a broad range of energy storage applications, including rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, disposable lithium batteries and speciality energy storage.
The AABC Europe is a leading conference for the automotive battery industry. The event was attended by 1,000 experts from automotive OEMs, material suppliers and research institutes in 2018.