How Ceramics Expo is Enabling a Clean, Efficient and Electrified Future
By Callum Gibson, Conference Producer, Conference at Ceramics Expo
2020 is upon us and with it comes the question of what the future holds for the ceramics industry. The Ceramics Expo team have been busy with bringing you the answer. We are pleased to announce the introduction of our new theme which will be Advanced Ceramics: Enabling a Clean, Efficient and Electrified Future.
Advanced ceramics play an integral role in many facets of the next generation of sustainable technology. Emission control in the form of catalytic conversion and engine sensory equipment regulate combustion engines’ emission of harmful chemicals. This makes possible the cleaner operation of energy production and mobility. The thermal management capabilities of ceramic materials allow for better efficiency and energy usage in a variety of applications, including Ceramic Matrix Composites. The improvement of energy density in fuel cells enabled by ceramic and glass components in separators and cathodes makes the future of electrified mobility possible.
The conference will have three focus areas which highlight the various ways in which green technologies rely on advanced ceramics:
Energy Harvesting and Storage
As well as the established uses for ceramic components in lithium ion batteries, the next generation of solid state batteries utilise ceramic and glass components as cathode and separator materials. Solid state batteries will be far more efficient than their lithium ion counterparts with a much higher energy density potential. Solid state batteries are also less likely to overheat making them both safer and longer lasting as they need replacing less frequently.
Solar energy harvesting is also a fast developing application for ceramics and contributes to the energy harnessing, conversion and storage. Glass is used to collect the thermal energy from the sun, the circuitry and capacitors help to convert the electricity and numerous materials already discussed are found in the batteries used for storage.
Ceramic coatings play several key roles in helping to protect the environment. For a start, a ceramic nanocoating is a zero volatile organic compound (VOC) alternative to other petrochemical based coatings that are conventionally used to prevent rust and corrosion. These coatings can be used to protect vehicles and in industrial applications. Advanced ceramic coatings offer superior protection from the elements, both chemical and environmental, which allow longer life for products.
Electronic Packaging and Assembly
Electronic packaging has countless applications from consumer electronics to electrified vehicles and is becoming increasingly reliant on advanced ceramics. This is due to the ability of ceramic materials to dissipate excess thermal energy and not distort as badly as its metal counterparts. They are also resistant to chemical corrosion and are mechanically cohesive.
In making circuitry more efficient, advanced ceramics enable sustainable technology in two ways: Firstly, it allows for longer life in products meaning they need to be replaced less frequently. Secondly, in being more efficient, circuitry can be reduced in size and weight meaning that the product can become more streamlined and use less energy to operate. An example would be electrified aircraft, which when smaller and lighter, require far less energy output for propulsion.
These key focus areas give us a glimpse into the plethora of applications for advanced ceramics that will be explored and explained at conference @ Ceramics Expo 2020. The entire supply chain will be examined from raw material supply, process improvement and quality testing as well as industry trends and applications. Register free today for your chance to hear from industry heavyweights such as Toshiba and Saint-Gobain, who will be talking about their latest industry insights. Hear about the latest in additive manufacturing from ASTM, Alfred University and Moog Aerospace. Delve into CMC production with GE Aviation, NASA and Kent State University. Don’t miss out on the latest in material engineering that will be enabling the next generation of sustainable technology.
Conference at Ceramics Expo will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, May 5-6, 2020. Running alongside the 300+ exhibit supply chain trade show, the combined events are completely free to attend – pre-register for your free pass here.