...Innovating textile-based heating system
for technical applications
Phase II from Phase I project (Agr.N 672013)
Phase II - Project 733732
The objective of MAXITHERM is to contribute to the expansion of Electric mobility in Europe by extending Electric Vehicles (EV) autonomy. We propose a heating system for EV that reduces electricity demand of heating systems by 30% while maintaining passenger comfort.
MAXITHERM is a heating system based on a technical fabric composed by a blend of electrically conductive and non-electrically conductive fibres that is integrated within the structure of the vehicles. It provides direct and fast heat to passengers and is more cost efficient than current solutions.
"The problem: Electric Vehicles do not generate residual heat to warm up the cabin."
Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles warm up the passenger cabin thanks to the residual heat coming from the engine. However, in Electric Vehicles (EV) the situation is radically different. In EVs there is no combustion heat and engine residual heat is insufficient to warm up the cabin of the vehicle. As consequence in EVs energy to warm up the cabin must be extracted from the batteries, greatly affecting the EV range. In Electric Vehicles up to 50% of a vehicle’s energy is invested in HVAC systems, therefore the mobility range of an electric vehicle (130km on average) is 50% dependent on the consumption of energy for HVAC purposes.
The Electric Vehicle´s market is in fast development. EVs sales doubled in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year. A third of the world’s Electric Vehicles are sold in Europe. The market size is expected to reach €200B by 2020. The main factor impeding the massive dissemination of electric vehicles in Europe is the still limited range autonomy of electric vehicles especially in cold weather. Range anxiety (the fear that a vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination), is currently number one concern for electric car buyers.
Consequently, the development of alternative heating systems for EVs represents a highly interesting market opportunity. The integration of a cost effective system capable of extending autonomy while ensuring passage comfort will boost the adoption of electromobility in Europe and Worldwide,"
C. H. Müller is going to have a booth at both fairs, where MAXITHERM is going to be introduced. Currently the partners in close collaboration with European institutes are working on a prototype, which will be ready for demonstration in the end of 2017. First results from laboratories are encouraging, the project is on track!
Techtextil is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens showing the full range of potential uses of textile technologies. Under the motto ‘Connecting the Future’, international exhibitors will present their textile innovations to trade visitors, from 9 to 12 May, 2017. Techtextil is held in parallel with Texprocess the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials.
Visit us 2019 at Techtextil Frankfurt.
Automotive Interiors Expo will bring together the world’s leading manufacturers of vehicle interiors components and systems. From seat manufacturers like to paint producers. The show will be a market place for car designers and manufacturers, styling houses and studios, and the full spectrum of car interiors suppliers.
Automotive Interiors Expo Europe exhibitors represent the A-Z of car interiors, with our exhibitors’ products being found in vehicles from just about every car manufacturer you can name, from Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren and Porsche through to GM, Volkswagen, Jaguar, BMW, Kia Toyota and Chery, to name just a few!
The mtex is an information platform for decision makers in all fields of vehicle engineering. On it representatives of the passenger car and commercial vehicle industry, railway and car designers, the shipbuilding industry, aviation and space technology, manufacturers of bicycles and camping and campers as well as the retrofitting and suppliers are finding the latest solutions for more efficiency and energy efficiency. In addition, it presents innovative solutions in the fields of lightweight and composites, interiors and car seats as well as design and function.
The mtex takes place every year, and therefore for the 8th time previsibly in May 2019 in Chemnitz.
Visit us 2019 at mtex+ Chemnitz.
This project has received funding from the European Union`s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grand agreement No 733732.