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Setting sail with the PlanetSolar

Airex AG has suppled materials for the world?s largest solar-powered boat built to date.

Over 20 tons of carbon fibres have been incorporated in the T?ranor PlanetSolar catamaran.

From wood and bone to nanotubes
Originally made by the Inuits using wood, bone and animal skin, today?s kayaks are usually made from plastics and composite materials. Now improved kayak prototypes coated with an epoxy gelcoat, modified with Baytubes carbon nanotubes, have beendeveloped by Norwegian research company Re-Turn AS, based in Gamle Fredrikstad.
Superbus chassis and interior now complete
Progress continues on the Superbus ? the new electric public transportation vehicle being developed in the Netherlands at the Technical University of Delft, with initial government backing of Euro 7 million.
UOP and Total methanol to olefin success
Honeywell ? which has just been selected by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China to provide the wheels, brakes and tyres for the new C919 airliner ? reports success in converting alternative feedstocks into base materials for petrochemicals production.
Alternative to Kevlar and phenolic resins
The Ecobrake project aims to introduce a composite employing hemp fibre and cashew nut oil for train brake linings as early as 2011.::r
Aerospace alloy recycling
The Queen?s Awards for Enterprise are the UK?s most prestigious awards for business performance. Joseph Rhodes has won a 2010 award in the Innovation category in recognition of its continuous development of super plastic forming and diffusion bonding presses::r
Basalt fibre in CNG tanks
Composite CNG (carbon natural gas) tanks have proved to be cost effective, environmentally friendly and safe solutions for several urban and intercity mass transportation systems across the globe.
Bamboo in the frame
Princeton engineer and US champion professional cyclist Nick Frey introduced his company Boo Bicycles at the recent ISPO sportswear and gear show in Munich.
Fighting piracy with prepreg USV
A new unmanned surface vessel (USV) ? which could prove particularly effective in the fight against modern piracy ? is to be made solely from nanotube-reinforced carbon fibre.
Boeing backs UK carbon recycling project
Commercial processes for recycling the carbon fibre from a composite are emerging rapidly, but there are two key problems that need solving:?How to process the recycled carbon fibre to produce new products that can give the very best structural properties.
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