Hannover Messe, one of the world’s largest trade fairs, is back for 2022. From May 30th to June 2nd, thousands of exhibitors, including Siemens, and attendees will gather in Hannover to share knowledge, show off new technologies, and make new connections. For those of us who are not able to make the journey over to Germany, the fair also features numerous ways to attend virtually through livestreamed sessions, video calls with exhibitors, and virtual network capabilities. Best of all, you can register and attend these events all for free! To further entice you, I’d like to highlight a pair of sessions covering some interesting topics in the automotive and transportation space.
First, we often look forward to the “future of mobility”, forecasting how electric and autonomous vehicles will change human mobility, commerce, and society at large. But, as the team at Fraunhofer’s Automobile Production Alliance know, there are several challenges that stand in the way of successfully realizing the “future of mobility”. Fraunhofer is a leading applied research organization that specializes in technology and industrial innovation. Through their Automobile Production Alliance, Fraunhofer contributes to the development of automotive technologies and solutions to some of the industry’s biggest challenges.
Fraunhofer is bringing that expertise to Hannover Messe in their session titled “Mobility of the future needs to be produced”. From the session description,
“Questions about the mobility of the future are bringing new fields of research into focus, which are also relevant for the mechanical engineering sector, which is strong in exports and sales. With a close alliance of industry and research and even more closely networked product and process development… the export of innovative production machines and manufacturing systems can be promoted.”Fraunhofer Automobile Production Alliance
As vehicles are becoming more complex, the production processes and machines required to build new vehicles must evolve. The development of new manufacturing and production systems is a key challenge in bringing the vehicles of tomorrow to market, likely including smart and connected machines, networked production facilities, and cloud-based data capture and analytics. You can catch a livestream of this session on May 30th, from 13:50-14:15 CEST.
The next session I’d like to highlight comes from a company called Skeleton Technologies, which specializes in the creation of graphene ultracapacitors for a variety of industries. In the automotive industry, ultracapacitors can offer some significant advantages for future electric vehicles, due to their ability to quickly charge and dispense large amounts of power, the lack of harmful chemicals in their construction, and a larger operating temperature range1. Ultracapacitors, however, generally cannot store as much energy as a lithium-ion battery1. This means that, at least for the time being, they won’t be replacing batteries as the primary energy storage system in electric or hybrid vehicles1. Rather, ultracapacitors are being used in conjunction with lithium-ion batteries, hybrid powertrains, and even hydrogen fuel-cells to recuperate energy created during deceleration, which can then be re-used during acceleration (similar to the energy recovery systems used in modern Formula 1 cars)2.
Skeleton Technologies’ session, titled “Hydrogen fuel cell and SuperBattery hybrid solutions for automotive and transportation” will be livestreamed on May 30th, from 11:15-11:30 CEST. Make sure to tune in to learn more about the exciting technology behind ultracapacitors and how they are being used in the automotive industry!
You can browse the events and sessions that will be available virtually from Hannover Messe and register to attend at https://www.hannovermesse.de.
1McFadden, C. (2020, June 6). Could ultracapacitors replace batteries in future electric vehicles? Interesting Engineering. Retrieved from https://interestingengineering.com/could-ultracapacitors-replace-batteries-in-future-electric-vehicles
2Castaignet, A. (2020, July 24). How ultracapacitors can enable the development of hydrogen vehicles. Skeleton Technologies. Retrieved from https://www.skeletontech.com/skeleton-blog/how-ultracapacitors-can-enable-the-development-of-hydrogen-vehicles#:~:text=Ultracapacitors%20can%20enable%20the%20development%20of%20hydrogen%20fuel%20cell%20vehicles,cells%20alone%20cannot%20react%20to