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Issue 06/2017

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Applications Automotive

Applications Automotive Hot compost bin Figure 1: Current hot bin and new stackable design for the hot bin. Figure 2: Foam cup (with paperclip) in a PE net, after 3 weeks was found to be totally composted. The hot compost bin was originally pioneered by DS Smith in the UK. It is made of EPP, a sturdy and insulating material that works much better than the poorly insulating PE used for conventional, rotomoulded bins. In cooperation with DS Smith, the Netherlands-based Synprodo, a subsidiary of Synbra Group has now introduced this hot bin concept to the continental European market. The aim is to realise the production of the hot bin in Europe, the USA, Japan and China, working with selected partners, who sign a franchise contract. The initial tests showed that the hot bin is ideal for disposing of cups and packaging made of BioFoam ® (cups cf. Application News p 38). BioFoam is certified according to the industrial composting standard EN 13432 and does not break down at room temperature. Yet in a hot bin, it was found to compost extremely fast. Cups were put in a PE net, to enable these to be identified, and added to an active and fully functioning hot bin, in which the temperature reached 60-70 °C due to the excellent insulating properties of the bin. Within three weeks, all the BioFoam cups were composted (see fig. 2). A Greeny ice cream container made of BioFoam was shown to have degraded in the same time, as well. BioFoam was not the only material that was found to compost. Thermoformed PLA parts made of NatureWorks’ Ingeo 2003, as well as of Luminy ® LX175 from Total- Corbion and BioFlex ® 1130 from FKUR, all composted within three weeks. This shows that the composting as an end of life option can be accelerated for many bioplastics and that industrially compostable bioplastics have the potential to become home compostable with a simple device. As a result, bioplastics packaging waste does not have to leave the premises and will not mix with conventional plastics. An internet shippable stackable bin has been produced by Synprodo since the end of 2017 and can be tailor made in larger dimensions to suit the needs of sport clubs, canteens or schools, mixing food waste with bioplastics. Sport clubs or schools can convert their entire canteen waste stream to only using bioplastics. MT 44 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/17] Vol. 12

Applications Race Tesla with bio-composites Electric GT and Bcomp reveal lightweight renewable natural fibre composite body panels and tease “secret weapon” LED display Electric GT (headquartered at Circuit Pau-Arnos, France), has announced its unique partnership with Swiss company Bcomp - manufacturers of high-performance lightweight composite materials to replace some traditional carbon fibre panels in the Electric GT racing car. Bcomp (Fribourg, Switzerland) has developed a proprietary high-performance lightweight material for the automotive industry, producing high-performance, cost-efficient materials that can replace or reinforce carbon fibre and other engineering materials, and cut up to 40 % weight with maintained performance. Its powerRibs ® - and ampliTex ® reinforcement fabrics have first been used within Bcomp’s initial Sports & Leisure markets, and can typically be found in products such as skis, snowboards, surfboards, canoes and guitars. In addition, the company has collaborated with the European Space Agency ESA on the development of lightweight space applications for several years. Working with Electric GT, Bcomp has also teased a revolutionary LED system within the natural fibres which can create a display for live data and telemetry on the outer body of the racing car. Bcomp revealed the new technology at the Electric GT headquarters at Circuit Pau-Arnos, where EGT’s sustainable credentials are put into action from the ground up, creating an incubator for technology and clean energy. Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmell said: “Not only do Bcomp’s revolutionary natural fibre panels give us increased performance in terms of damping and stiffness, Bcomp have also assisted us in achieving a 20 % weight saving compared to the road-going production version of this car. That is quite staggering. “In addition to the performance characteristics these materials offer, we are also working with Bcomp to develop our secret weapon - bespoke LED arrays within the fibre composite panels, so that the cars will have the capability to display key information to the watching crowd and viewers at home. “From race numbers to race telemetry, energy levels and even biometric feedback from the drivers, the possibilities are endless and this is just the start of how we bring fans to the heart of the racing action.” Christian Fischer, CEO at Bcomp said: “At Bcomp, we’re really excited about the global shift towards clean, sustainable mobility. Our goal is to contribute with our lightweight, highperformance renewable materials, and EGT offers the perfect platform to show to the world how the future mobility will look. “When you meet like-minded people, things can go really fast. Just like us, Electric GT wants to explore the new opportunities of technology and push boundaries, which is how the idea of integrating LED arrays into our translucent body panels was born.” “From our first contact with Mark and his colleagues at Electric GT, it was clear that both teams wanted to create something entirely new and different, that would completely change the game plan for racing. We cannot wait to see where this partnership takes us.” MT | bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/17] Vol. 12 45

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