`Bio' prod­ucts

Down to Earth - - TECHNOLOGY -

CON­VERGE POLY­OLS

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.

IRLENS

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.

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