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Cutting emissions with the Gyrodrive
Monday, 24 November 2014

alt GKN and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) have signed a deal that will see the introduction of 250 cleaner vehicles to transport fleets across the UK during the next two years.

As part of the agreement ADL – Britain’s biggest bus and coach manufacturer – has chosen GKN Hybrid Power as a preferred partner and committed to the purchase of 250 of its Gyrodrive electric flywheel systems.

The Gyrodrive system employs a high speed carbon fibre composite flywheel to store the energy generated by a bus as it slows down to stop. It then utilises the stored energy to power a GKN EVO electric motor which helps accelerate the bus back up to speed, generating significant fuel savings at a considerably lower cost than battery hybrid alternatives.  Read More >>


Welcome to Ecocomposites

The increasing replacement of metals and wood with composites is intrinsically environmentally responsible.
Composites allow structures to shed weight, and as a consequence have a big role to play in reducing both the use of petrochemicals and CO2 emissions
cross a wide range of end-use industries.

However, many other developments are taking place in the composites industry. They involve, for example, the development of natural and bio-based fibres and resins, along with cleaner and more efficient processes.
You’ll find all the news of this drive towards a greener tomorrow right here.

Adrian Wilson, editor

Exploiting nanocellulose

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

article thumbnailSugar is the new crude, says American Process, based in Atlanta, Georgia, which has formed a partnership with Futuris Automotive of Melbourne, Australia, to develop ultra-strong, lightweight...

EcoPaXX integrated crankshaft cover

Thursday, 20 November 2014

article thumbnailRoyal DSM has received a Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Innovation Award for lightweight multi-functional crankshaft covermade with its 70% bio-based EcoPaXX high performance polyamide 410. ...


Prepreg advances in Japan

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

article thumbnailThe latest developments from Japan’s Toho Tenax a new prepreg offering super-high heat and oxidation resistance and a second that achieves rapid curing for increased productivity and features...

Digging those good vibrations

Monday, 10 November 2014

article thumbnailThe effectiveness of a vibration-reducing cork composite skateboard will be recognised with a JEC Asia Composites Innovation Award at the show on November 17 in Singapore.  Traditionally,...