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Formula 1 upgrade for the London Bus
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

alt Carbon-fibre composite electric flywheel systems are to be fitted on the next 500 buses to be supplied to the London transport provider Go-Ahead, in a bid to reduce the city’s emissions. 

GKN Hybrid Power’s Gyrodrive system employs a high speed flywheel made of carbon fibre to store the energy generated by a bus as it slows down to stop. It then uses the stored energy to power an electric motor which helps accelerate the bus back up to speed, generating fuel savings of more than 20% at a significantly lower cost than battery hybrid alternatives. 



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

Cytec to evaluate biomass carbon

Monday, 25 August 2014

article thumbnailThe US Department of Energy (DOE) is to provide the Southern Research Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, with funding of up to $5.9 million to work on the production of high performance, low cost...

Composite frame ready for orbit

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

article thumbnailA composite airframe has been developed for the Dream Chaser orbital spacecraft by Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems and Lockheed Martin.  This structure will be used to conduct the...


A new spring in Audi’s step

Thursday, 07 August 2014

article thumbnailCar manufacturer Audi will introduce new, lightweight suspension springs made of glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) in an upper mid-size model before the end of the year.  The composite spring,...

OC license to AGY

Thursday, 07 August 2014

article thumbnailOwens Corning is licensing its S-Glass technology exclusively to AGY, which has assumed commercial and operating responsibility for all S-Glass-related business, effective from August 1, 2014. ...