Smart Materials Opportunities in Structural Electronics and Electrics 2020-2030

Flexible phones, extreme vehicle simplification etc. from replacing components-in-a-box

The new IDTechEx report, “Smart Material Opportunities in Structural Electronics 2020-2030” analyses and forecasts a $200 billion opportunity. Making dumb structures smart means saving in weight, space and cost but it also makes new things possible such as huge solar drones up for five years beaming the internet to everyone. The new solar cars never plug in. The Executive Summary and Conclusions says expect better appliances, wearables, vehicles lasting generations. Think one-piece flexible phones with no case, smart fuselages and smart roads. Learn enablers: additive metal and dielectric patterning and new organic, inorganic and composite materials merged. From transparent concrete to stretchable ink patterns, it introduces the e-window performing three functions and the wave blanket as a power station, all facilitated by new materials and processing with huge sales potential. Many infograms pull together market readiness of composites and how improved metal patterning can create electricity and bend light. See separate forecasts for vehicles, building and ground-integrated photovoltaics, for in-mold electronics, flexible AMOLEDs and other SE technologies. Even elements of this are forecasted including embedded RFID, solar cars, building integrated photovoltaics, smart glass. Appraise technology roadmaps for flexible phones as they integrate flexible batteries.

The Introduction reveals the evolution of the needs and practices with phones, wearables, vehicles, structures and more. Which of the 12 energy harvesting technologies lend themselves to being incorporated in the new monolithic smart structures? Tesla sunroof with electric tinting and lighting functions in one glass, human body area networks, energy positive solar boats and self-healing plastics are among the host of examples explained.

Chapter 3 Vehicle Integrated Photovoltaics VIPV introduces such things as energy positive solar cars, autonomous solar flying wings that replace trucks and those upper atmosphere solar drones. Infograms show how many disciplines leverage to deliver many benefits here. Why the importance of single crystal silicon bodywork but potential of GaAs film and thin film, 3 junction InGaP, GaAs, InGaAs. Which companies, why, by when?

Chapter 4 pulls together Smart Roads, Bridges, Buildings emphasising new materials and potential. Here is the largest sector BIPV including solar tiles and windows. What materials and benefits? Scope for heat and piezoelectric harvesting roads? Why did solar roads and environs fail in Germany and France but they look good in the UK, Netherlands, Japan, China and Hungary? What new materials? What next?

Chapter 5 goes deeper with Materials and Manufacturing: Large Structural Electrics. Here is structural battery and supercapacitor technology from graphene and CNT, glass and carbon fiber to vanadium and ruthenium boosting pseudocapacitance. Learn new reinforcement with multifunctional resins. Understand progress of electrically multifunctional fibers, smart glass electrically changing color, tint, display, darkness, photovoltaic action, even greenhouses optimising both electricity creation and plant growth with new dyes. Throughout there are many examples of research progress and deployment.

Chapter 6 Monolithic Flexible Display Materials and Technology examines the materials and processes as glass-free AMOLEDS become a complete flexible phone or other device. No need for a case. What is monolithic now and what gets incorporated later? How do you print flexible quantum dot displays? What seven key components merge into flexible OLEDs?

Chapters 7 addresses in detail the vital new subject of Vehicle and Consumer Goods Simplification: In Mold Electronics with its stretchable inks, dielectric patterning and so on. Chapter 8 covers alternatives and complementary materials and processes such as Conformal Printing, MID, 3D printed electronics using elastomers and metals, optronics and the research on spraying of electrically active new materials. “Smart Material Opportunities in Structural Electronics 2020-2030” analyses and forecasts a formidable new business opportunity.

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