JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 5

«Our goal is to deliver a car that you only need to charge once or twice a year»
LeasePlan as well as some smaller
innovative partners.
Reducing carbon footprint is an issue that
is critical to the automotive sector. At Lightyear,
how have you envisioned balancing
this equation? What solutions have you
developed to reach your current outcome?
T.H.: In Lightyear's sustainability
approach, we focus strongly on minimising
CO2
emissions, both during the use
During the latest Validation Prototype at the Aldenhoven Testing Center in Germany, Lightyear One drove over 440 miles
(710 kilometers) on a single battery charge of 60kWh, confi rming the car as the most effi cient electric vehicle in the world
What are the key factors that contributed
to the success of this project?
(i.e., optimising existing technologies vs.
creating a disruptive solution)
Th e design philosophy combined with our
in-house developed technologies. We have
chosen to focus on effi ciency instead of,
for example, acceleration. We take this effi -
ciency to the next level within every design
choice we make and therefore can deliver a
car that uses 80% less energy from the grid
and 2-3 times less energy per km.
Our experience from the World Solar
Challenge has been essential to the execution
of both.
Most of our customers are also
considered our investors because
we all want to make this happen
Why did you choose to explore solar
energy, out of all the other solutions
currently available in terms of mobility?
T.H.: It off ers independence. You can
just park your car and it will charge. Solar
cells have become increasingly cheap and
they provide you clean, free and hassle-free
energy. With our fi rst model, in the Netherlands,
you can already drive for months
during the summer without charging. Our
goal is to deliver a car that in 15 years' time
will ensure that you only need to charge
once or twice a year, for every average driver
in Europe.
How do composite materials contribute to
Lightyear One performance? Do you expect
use to increase in future models?
T.H.: We are using glass fi bre as a
supporting material beneath the solar
roof and recycled carbon fi bre composites
in a couple of other places such as the
body panels. Th ese materials are still in
development and we defi nitely expect
to leverage the increased performance
in the future to a greater extent. Another
interesting and exciting area to watch is
additive manufacturing of composite
materials, which off ers great opportunities
to reduce weight and manufacturing
complexity.
Which partners helped you fulfi l
this dream? (Investments, technological
and commercial partnerships)
Our customers and investors indeed. Most
of our customers are also considered our
investors because we all want to make this
happen. Alongside this, we have recently
added SHV as an investor. We are happy
to work together with some great partners
like Bridgestone, Valmet Automotive,
of the car (very energy-effi cient with
solar on board) and in the design and
manufacturing process. Developing and
designing cars with a view to reusing
parts and materials is another important
environmental concern. In the social fi eld,
we focus on a diverse, international team of
well-trained people, who work together in
a safe, healthy and energetic environment
on our mission to provide " Clean mobility,
for everyone, everywhere " .
What are your next steps
towards commercialisation?
T.H.: Our fi rst important milestone will
be to get our fi rst model on the road and
delivered to our customers, starting from
next summer. Aft er that, we will introduce
a mass-market model for a purchase price
of far below €50,000, planned for 2024.
Th is model will also be delivered in the US
and Asia, so commercially we are focussed
on building our brand and growing internationally.
More
information:
https://lightyear.one/
Watch the ground breaking performances of
Lightyear One eV during the autonomy test phase
in Austria.
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021

Cover
Edito
«Our goal is to deliver a car that you only need to charge once or twice a year»
Contents
NEWS
In brief
Agenda
Training - ‘‘We have always provided experienced personnel to support our clients composites operations’’
Lightweighting - Novel, affordable solutions for lightweight automotive and aerospace parts
BUSINESS
Market - Carbon fibre: China accelerates the timelines
Development - Five decades of composites, from raw materials to finished parts
MANUFACTURING
Injection - Hollow stereolithographic structures reinforced by short carbon fibres
FEATURE ENERGY: Are Composites ubiquitous in the Energy sector ?
- Hydrogen: Hydrogen permeation testing on non-metallic materials
- Strategy: EuCIA highlights opportunities for composites under EU Green Deal energy strategies
- Consortium - Megapol by EDF: the polymer wild card of the nuclear sector
- Windblade - Vestas V236-15.0 MW: the Eiffel Tower of the seas
- Raw materials: New surfacing technology enabling high-quality paint-ready surfaces
- Natural fibre - The Green Nacelle: pioneering natural-fibre composites in wind energy
- Recycling: Zero-emission blade recycling
- Recycling: FAIRMAT raises 8.6 million euros for carbon fibre composites recycling
SOLUTIONS
e&e - Gita mini, the Sherpa robot
Textile - A ‘‘Composite Textile’’ brand from Japan
Railway - Composites won’t be left standing on the platform
TECHNOLOGY
Vitrimers - Fibre-reinforced composites with a vitrimer matrix
Index
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Cover
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - «Our goal is to deliver a car that you only need to charge once or twice a year»
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 5
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Contents
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 7
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - In brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 9
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 10
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Agenda
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Training - ‘‘We have always provided experienced personnel to support our clients composites operations’’
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Lightweighting - Novel, affordable solutions for lightweight automotive and aerospace parts
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 15
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Market - Carbon fibre: China accelerates the timelines
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Development - Five decades of composites, from raw materials to finished parts
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 20
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Injection - Hollow stereolithographic structures reinforced by short carbon fibres
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 22
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Hydrogen: Hydrogen permeation testing on non-metallic materials
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 27
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Strategy: EuCIA highlights opportunities for composites under EU Green Deal energy strategies
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 29
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Consortium - Megapol by EDF: the polymer wild card of the nuclear sector
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 31
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 32
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Windblade - Vestas V236-15.0 MW: the Eiffel Tower of the seas
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Raw materials: New surfacing technology enabling high-quality paint-ready surfaces
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 36
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Natural fibre - The Green Nacelle: pioneering natural-fibre composites in wind energy
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 38
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Recycling: Zero-emission blade recycling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Recycling: FAIRMAT raises 8.6 million euros for carbon fibre composites recycling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 43
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - e&e - Gita mini, the Sherpa robot
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Textile - A ‘‘Composite Textile’’ brand from Japan
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 47
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Railway - Composites won’t be left standing on the platform
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Vitrimers - Fibre-reinforced composites with a vitrimer matrix
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