Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts

Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts

IDTechEX, Date of Publication: Aug 25, 2015, 152 Pages

In-mold electronics, smart skin, structural health monitoring, composite smart structures, building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)

Structural electronics (SE) is one of the most important technological developments of this century. It forms a key part of the dream, formulated decades ago, of computing disappearing into the fabric of society. It also addresses, in a particularly elegant manner, the dream of Edison in 1880 that electricity should be made where it is needed. SE is often biomimetic - it usefully imitates nature in ways not previously feasible. It is a rapidly growing multi-billion dollar business.
Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components and circuits that act as load-bearing, protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies or conformally placed upon them. It is of huge interest to the aerospace industry which is usually the first adopter, the automotive industry and in civil engineering both with compelling needs but its reach is much broader even than this. Electric cars badly need longer range and more space for the money and, in civil engineering, corrosion of reinforced concrete structures and tighter requirements for all structures, including early warning of problems, are among the market drivers for structural electronics.
The common factor is that both load bearing and smart skin formats occupy only unwanted space. The electronics and electrics effectively have no volume. More speculatively, electronics and electrics injected into unused voids in vehicle bodies, buildings etc., say as aerogel, could also provide this benefit without necessarily being load bearing but possibly providing other benefits such as heat insulation. Some present and future applications of structural electronics are morphing aircraft using shape memory alloys, car with printed organic light emitting diode OLED lighting on outside and inside of roof and printed photovoltaics over the outside generating electricity supercapacitor skin on an electric car replacing the traction battery as energy storage, smart skin as a nervous system for an aircraft and solar boats and aircraft running on sunshine alone. In London, a piezoelectric smart dance floor generates electricity and smart bridges across the world have sensors and more embedded in their concrete, all forms of structural electronics as it is increasingly the way to go.

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1.1. Introduction
1.2. What is it?
1.3. Tackling urgent problems
1.4. Primary benefits
1.5. Maturity by applicational sector
1.6. Objectives and benefits
1.7. Materials and processes currently favoured
1.8. Smart skin
1.9. Component types being subsumed
1.10. Future proof
1.11. How to make structural electronics
1.11.1. A host of new technologies
1.12. Market forecasts
1.13. Energy harvesting in general


2.1. Aerospace
2.2. Cars
2.3. Consumer goods and home appliances
2.4. Bridges and buildings
2.5. Structural electronics on the ground
2.5.1. Generating electricity
2.5.2. Sensing
2.6. Solar Roads
2.6.1. SolaRoad Netherlands
3.1. Basics
3.2. Detailed analysis
3.3. NASA leading the way
3.4. Early progress at plastic electronic


4.1. Description
4.2. Wire and cable smart cladding
4.3. Many other examples
4.3.1. Hybrid Piezo Photovoltaic Harvesting
4.4. NASA open coil arrays as electronic smart skin
4.5. American Semiconductor CLAS systems
4.6. BAE Systems UK: smart skin for aircraft then cars and dams
4.7. Composites evolve to add electronic functionality
4.7.1. Reasons, achievements, timeline 1940-2030


5.1. Smart materials
5.1.1. Comparisons, uses
5.1.2. Fiat car of the future
5.2. Printed and flexible electronics
5.2.1. Introduction and examples
5.2.2. Basic printed modules
5.2.3. Bendable then conformal photovoltaics
5.2.4. Printed electronics in structural electronics
5.3. 3D printing
5.3.1. New materials
5.3.2. Adding electronic and electrical functions
5.3.3. The future
5.3.4. Printed graphene batteries
5.4. Spray on solar cells
5.5. Multi-step drop-casting of conformal film


6.1. Many forms of structural supercapacitor
6.1.1. Queensland UT supercap car body
6.1.2. Vanderbilt University structural supercapacitor
6.1.3. Imperial College London/ Volvo structural supercapacitor for car
6.2. Fundamentals
6.3. Structural batteries and fuel cells


7.1. History
7.2. Definition and reason for new interest
7.3. Evolution
7.4. Comparison of options now and in future
7.5. Rigid to flexible to conformal and stretchable
7.6. OPV and DSSC compared
7.6.1. Slow rollout
7.7. Dye Sensitised Solar Cells for BIPV
7.7.1. Dye Solar Cell Technology
7.7.2. Sandia Laboratories
7.7.3. Saule, Poland
7.8. Latest CIGS progress
7.9. Huge improvement possible
7.10. Solar - takeoff soon; dominance 2050
7.11. Heat energy storage device
7.12. White solar panels vanish into buildings
7.13. World's first BIOPV concrete façade installation
7.14. Successful start of pilot project for energy self-sufficient air dome
7.15. Concrete delivers solar energy


8.1. Boeing, USA
8.2. Canatu, Finland
8.3. Faradair Aerospace UK
8.4. Local Motors, USA
8.5. Neotech, Germany
8.6. Odyssian Technology, USA
8.7. Paper Battery Co., USA
8.8. Soligie, USA
8.9. TactoTek, Finland
8.10. T-Ink, USA


9.1. Prof Jennifer Lewis' Group at Harvard University and Voxel8
9.2. Supercapacitor company visits in late 2014
9.2.1. DuPont, Nippon ChemiCon
9.2.2. Taiyo Yuden
9.3. Photovoltaics and OLED company visits in late 2014


1.1. Global problems in certain applicational sectors
1.2. Benefits and challenges of structural electronics)
1.3. Benefits of structural electronics in different structures
1.4. Application patterns in current materials and processes
1.5. Criteria for a component to be most suitable for subsuming into SE
1.6. Some of the benefits of replacing conventional electronic and electric components and dumb structures with structural electronics by applicational sector most needing them
1.7. Structural electronics market 2015 and 2025 US$ billion globally
1.8. BIPV global market value US$ billions rounded
1.9. Market forecast by component type for 2014-2024 in US $ billions, for printed and potentially printed electronics including organic, inorganic and composites
1.10. IDTechEx WSN forecast 2014-2024 with RTLS for comparison
1.11. Ten year forecasts for printed sensors (US$ million)
1.12. Electric vehicles market value (US$ billion) forecasts by vehicle type 2013-2025
3.1. Enabling technologies for present and future structural electronics
4.1. Example of demonstrated (in grey) and envisaged (in green) smart skin for inanimate objects and examples of organisations involved. Largest markets in red. Very approximate estimate of global market size 2025 $ billion.
4.2. NASA SansEC open coil arrays as aircraft smart skin compared with metal mesh
4.3. Composites to electronic composites: objectives, achievements, future prospects 1940-2030
5.1. Examples of smart materials and their functions, challenges and potential uses in structural electronics
7.1. BIPV vs traditional PV on buildings
7.2. Examples of developers of TFPV


1.1. Some future applications of structural electronics
1.2. Maturity and sophistication of applications of structural electronics by sector showing strong adoption in yellow, intermediate in green and later adoption in magenta
1.3. Precursors of structural electronics in yellow, transitioning to established technology in green, and speculative dreams in magenta
1.4. Some possible structures of multilayer multifunctional electronic smart skin
1.5. Structural electronics market 2015 globally
1.6. Structural electronics market 2025 globally
1.7. BIPV global market value US$ billions rounded
1.8. Structural electronics market 2015 and 2025 $billion globally, excluding BIPV
1.9. Market forecast by component type for 2014-2024 in US $ billions, for printed and potentially printed electronics including organic, inorganic and composites
1.10. Total WSN market $M
1.11. Market forecast for printed sensors to 2024 (in US$ million)
1.12. Maturity of wide variety of energy harvesting technologies and applications
1.13. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle AUV with embedded and printed structural circuitry
2.1. Some applications and potential applications of structural electronics in aerospace
2.2. One option for stacked patch antenna array in aircraft body
2.3. Smart composite actuator concept
2.4. Slotted Waveguide Antenna Stiffened Structure SWASS
2.5. Strati 3D printed car
2.6. Some applications and potential applications of structural electronics in cars
2.7. Supercapacitor car bodywork replaces traction batteries experimentally
2.8. Supercapacitor car trunk lid, experimental
2.9. Printed OLED lighting on and under car roof plus printed organic photovoltaics on the roof all as integrated structural electronics in a Daimler concept car
2.10. Some applications and potential applications of structural electronics in consumer goods and home appliances
2.11. Some applications and potential applications of structural electronics in bridges and buildings
2.12. Optimising setting of concrete using embedded sensors and sensors monitoring seismic damage and deterioration
2.13. Structural photovoltaics
2.14. SolaRoad pilot road opened in late 2014 in the Netherlands
3.1. Key formats and some key enabling technologies for structural electronics
3.2. Some of the enabling technologies for structural electronics and relationships between them
3.3. European Commission project EARPA integrating electrics and electronics with structure of an electric vehicle
3.4. NASA nanotechnology roadmaps
3.5. NASA nanomaterials roadmap
3.6. NASA nanosensor roadmap
3.7. NASA biomimetics and bio-inspired systems
3.8. Project status at plastic electronic for different application segments
4.1. Supercapacitor smart skin on copper conducting wire or cable
4.2. HPP structure
4.3. HPP envisaged application in buildings
4.4. Envisaged marine application of HPP
4.5. NASA Sans EC open coil arrays (a) placed on aircraft (b) as array of laminar open circuit coils and (c) the shape of a typical coil used
4.6. American Semiconductor CLAS for aircraft
4.7. Flex ICs
4.8. Conformally attached FleX IC prototype with direct write flexible interconnects
4.9. Prototype smart skin
4.10. FleX transparent, thin, flexible CMOS
4.11. Envisioned production process for smart skin: conductor, insulator, simple display, power and flexibly mounted chips
4.12. Planned UAV trial of FleX smart skin
5.1. Fiat car of the future
5.2. Printed electronics power module developed under the European Community FACESS project
5.3. Types of early win and longer term project involving printed electronics 1995-2025
5.4. The Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) at the Shell Eco Marathon competition 2014 and other earlier solar cars
5.5. Cosmetic 3DP on structure
5.6. Harvard 3DP battery
5.7. Hype curve of 3DP applications
7.1. Examples of BIPV
7.2. Assessment of organic photovoltaics and alternatives for buildings.
7.3. DSSC niche product concepts
7.4. Heliatek solar film
7.5. A building material that simultaneously functions as a photovoltaic cell
8.1. Spectrolab roadmap for multilayer cells
8.2. Faradair BEHA
8.3. Odyssian technology that structurally integrates flex circuits and/or printed polymer circuits into conventional or composite structure often including conventional PCBs.
8.4. Example of military structural health monitoring
8.5. Envisaged applications
8.6. Technology and process
8.7. Capacitive touch controls and animated LEDs incorporated in plastic product cover.
8.8. Printed circuits, capacitive buttons and touch screen behind a device cover
9.1. Taiyo Yuden comparison of its symmetrical electrochemical double layer capacitors
9.2. Solar boats in Taiwan
9.3. Kaneka structural photovoltaics
9.4. Kaneka OLED lighting panels showing transparency when not switched on - you see the wood etc on which they are mounted
9.5. Kaneka OLED panels switched on under glasses


Date of Publication:
Aug 25, 2015
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