nova-Institute and Coperion GmbH (DE), the sponsor of the Innovation Award, are proud to announce the winners of the Biocomposite of the Year Award 2017:
GreenBoats (DE): GreenBente24 - boat from 80% renewable materialsUsually, mass produced boats are made of fossil-based resins, glass fibres and plastic foam. By contrast, GreenBente24 from GreenBoats (DE) is made from 80% out of renewable materials like flax, cork and bio-based epoxy resin. The GreenBente24 has the same weight and stiffness as a standard boat. The boat achieves a 80% reduction of carbon footprint compared to other options, is thermally recyclable and has a particularly pleasant living climate.
Raimund Beck Nageltechnik GmbH (AT): LignoLoc - Collated wooden nailsNails made from wood are one of the oldest known fasteners in the world, thus Raimund Beck Nageltechnik GmbH (AT) has initiated the next evolution stage LignoLoc - collated wooden nails for use with pneumatic nailers. This new technology requires no pre-drilling; offers maximum holding power due to a natural welding effect with the base wood and offers new application fields for domestic beech wood veneer and can replace steel nails in many applications.
Eindhoven University of Technology (NL): Fully bio-based pedestrian bridgeA fully bio-based pedestrian bridge, the first in the world, has been realised at the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL). After a successful load test (5,0 kN/m2), the bridge was installed by the company NPSP bv (NL). Flax and hemp fibres provide the strength for the bridge, combined with a bio-based epoxy resin. Polylactic acid (PLA) bio-foam provides the core. The production method was vacuum-infusion: layers of natural fibres were glued around a laser-cut shape of bio-foam.
Source: nova-Institut GmbH