Novomer, a sustainable chemistry company in the US, took inspiration from photosynthetic organisms and created a process that sequesters carbon by converting waste CO2 and CO into useful chemical polymers. Their products are being used by adhesive and polyurethane manufacturers such as Germany-based Jowat AG.
BLUE PLANET CEMENT
Blue Planet, a California-based company, has devised a technology that can capture carbon dioxide from flue streams and create carbonate minerals to replace the Portland cement or aggregate components of concrete. Their process is inspired by the biomineralisation of corals as they use dissolved CO2 to grow solid reefs. Pilot operations are currently underway.
The IRLens in HotZone radiant heaters is known for its ability to heat only targeted spaces, rather than the entire room, thus reducing the energy consumption. The IRLens uses the same principle observed in the eyes of lobsters, crayfish, and shrimp direct infrared light on selected areas. This bio-inspired lens, which was commercialised into a US $1 million business, was licensed to Schaefer Ventilation.