Structural Power: An Emerging Technology

The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, held this workshop to consider the challenges in making structural power a commercial reality.

Structural power has the potential of offering power through storage in the structure of a device. As alternatives to traditional batteries are being sought in order to save weight and improve efficiency the use of the structure in order to store power is being seen as very attractive and is being extensively researched in defence and security as well as other areas such as automotive and aerospace.

There were a number of presentations given to set the scene for the discussion groups:

"Design in Structural Power" - Dr Leon Williams, Cranfield University

"Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting" - Mark Robbins, European Thermodynamics

"Nanostructured Materials for Energy Generation" - Dr Steve Dunn, Queen Mary's, University of London

"Energy Storage" - Dr Joachim Steinke, Imperial College London

"Energy Management" - Dr Hazel Dyke, BAE Systems

All the presentations are available to members as is a report of the event which contains summaries of the presentations and the outcomes of the discussion groups.

We would be grateful for comments on the report and these can be sent to Steve Morris where we would like to collate the thoughts and feed them back to the community for comment in a series of articles.