The Catalan enterprise, founded in 1984, is a global Tier 1 leader providing shielding solutions to reduce heat and noise and eliminate electromagnetic interferences by means of metal based stamping parts. It currently manufactures more than 22 million shields per year, and it is a worldwide player with strong presence in the European, Asian and North American markets. They own the following certifications:
• IATF 16949 - Quality management system for automotive production
• ISO 14001 - Environmental Management Standard
• OHSAS 18001 - Occupational Health and Safety Management
In the last few years, the company has started to develop and produce housings to protect electric vehicle (EV) battery packs from electromagnetic interferences. Now, they want to add an additional feature to the housings to keep the temperature of the batteries at a constant level, optimizing their lifetime and capacity, without making use of any additional energy input.
To achieve this improvement, they are looking for thermal insulation technologies to be attached either inside or outside of the housings, thus insulating the cells that make up the batteries keeping them in a range of temperature between 15 and 35 degrees Celsius (°C). Moreover, the solution should ensure protection of occupants of the EV in case of thermal runaway inside the battery pack housing, preventing fire from spreading and affecting the vehicle within five minutes of its inception.
The company is interested in a research or technical cooperation agreement with a partner with whom to collaborate in the development of the insulating and fire propagation retarding solution.
A license agreement could be also envisaged for this collaboration.