Every so often, science fiction becomes science fact.
Blending technology and living materials is an age-old science fiction idea. So is replacing the mechanical with the biological. Occasionally, something from sci-fi is not only possible to replicate in real life, but also incredibly useful. Like the materials made by Bcomp.
Based in the Swiss city of Fribourg, Bcomp is a “natural fibre composite innovator” which has been producing sustainable materials for a variety of applications since 2011. What makes this a science-fiction-in-real-life story is that they’re made from organic fibres. We’ve teamed with Bcomp in order to make use of two of their game-changing composites.
The first of these materials is ampliTex™, made from woven flax fibres. When used in the interior of a car, for example, it reduces both vibrations and overall weight, while acting as a visual layer. The fibres are processed mechanically as opposed to chemically, and flax itself is much less taxing on soil than other crops.
The second is powerRibs™, also made from flax. Inspired by the vein structures of leaves, they form a 3D structure on the back of a panel which drastically increases the panel’s strength and stiffness. This allows the panel itself to be thinner than if it were made of a more traditional material, cutting down both weight and material amount. It reduces vibrations by a whopping 250%. It can even behave better in a crash situation when compared with more conventional materials.
Ground-breaking materials made from organic components used to only be found in the far future of science fiction. Soon, they could be found in a Polestar.
To go EV, or not to go EV. That’s no longer a question. To stay within the 1.5 degree target, emissions must be halved by 2030 and eliminated altogether by 2050. And while EVs are not perfect today, they do offer a route to net-zero. But to provide clean mobility, they need to be charged with clean energy. How can we make sure that happens?
Acronyms have a much longer history than it would seem. The “SPQR” of the Roman Republic, for instance. Or the “AT&T” acronym, seen from the first days of the stock market. Acronyms may have the modern connotations that they do because new ones are popping up all the time. EV. LOL. OMG. TL;DR. ABRP.
Fortune favours the fold. Folding led to origami, one of the world’s most unique and celebrated art forms. It also sees use in EV batteries, folding modules to maximise storage while taking up minimum space. Because naturally, EV batteries contain more than the battery modules themselves.