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Composites for Sustainable Energy & Transportation Applications
Abstract Deadline is September 1, 2022

Composite materials are enabling numerous innovations occurring in energy applications, and efficient transportation. If it moves and/or is load-bearing structure, composites can make it better!


Composites are playing an increasingly larger role in energy generation and storage, as well as in one of the largest consumers of that energy - transportation through the air, over land, and on the sea. This includes their growth in interest for energy generation by wind and ocean, in energy storage in form of hydrogen and structural batteries, and in improved vehicle transportation by light-weighting, multifunctional composites, and adaptive structures.


Further, we see two trends that are poised to accelerate and maintain the increased use of composites – digital manufacturing and sustainability. With the emergence of transformational and digital manufacturing methods, design flexibility is unprecedented, manufacturing more accessible, prototyping more rapid, and growth imminent. Meanwhile, sustainable sourcing, low-energy manufacturing, predictable product life, recycling/reuse, and constituent upcycling are all part of an envisioned low waste, low carbon footprint, sustainable circular economy. Governmental agencies and industry are already supporting these areas with multibillion dollar initiatives in regional clean energy hydrogen hubs, structural energy initiatives, transformative and digital manufacturing programs, and sustainability efforts for a circular economy.


These emerging challenges and related funding opportunities provide a unique opportunity for the composite industry to participate in research, development, and commercialization of materials and components using composites.

Call for Presentations

Abstract Deadline - September 1, 2022

Composites are key enablers to the vision of efficient energy generation, storage, and use. This includes large scale composite structures for wind and ocean energy generation, pressure vessels and composite pipelines for hydrogen storage and transport, composites structural batteries for electrical vehicles, light-weight composite structures for cars, trains, ships, air vehicles, and satellites, composite structures with integrated electronic systems, and adaptive structures change shape to increase transportation efficiency. The high performance provided by composite materials allows for light weight and excellent fatigue performance, and engineered material designs allow for creativity and new means to develop alternative ways for generating, storing, and distributing energy while reducing the cost. Similarly, composites with high specific, multifunctional, or adaptive properties create a new means to improve vehicles. With all the anticipated future use of composite materials, the sustainable manufacturing and reuse of materials will be an important element in the design and application of future composite structures.


We invite submissions on composite materials in clean energy and improved vehicle transportation. This includes, but not limited to, the following topics:


Design, materials, processes, and characterization of structural composites for energy and vehicle applications including:​

  • Digital manufacturing of composites

    • Design of topological composite structures with improved structural efficiency

    • Additive printing of structural composites

  • Multifunctional and adaptive composite structures

    • Integrated devices, including energy storage, for improved energy efficiency

    • Shape changing composites and structures that improve transportation efficiency

  • Composite recycling and sustainability

    • Recovery of embodied energy in both fiber and resin systems

    • Sustainable materials and processes

  • Hydrogen energy systems

    • Transportation – MD/HD trucks, marine, rail, aerospace

    • Industrial – mining, transmission and distribution systems

    • Wind energy on-shore – for hydrogen production

    • Off-shore – for hydrogen production

    • Clean Energy - (Solar, geothermal, hydropower, biomass)

  • Ocean Energy

    • Ocean currents or tidal energy

    • Wave energy

  • Structural Energy Storage

    • On-board transportation vehicles with integrated functionality

    • Infrastructure charging stations for transportation vehicles


Interdisciplinary scientific and engineering challenges associated with the use of composite materials in clean energy applications and vehicle transportation will be discussed at this meeting. The meeting with have participation from Government, Industry, Academia and other non-profit entities.