01 October 2007
01 October 2007
Material, the Belgian filament winding specialist, has become official technology partner for the Belgian Umicore Solar Race Team, which will participate in the 2007 Panasonic World Solar Challenge across Australia at the end of the month.
Material designed and manufactured an ultra lightweight carbon fibre composite steering rod for the team's solar racecar. The filament wound steering rod will reduce the weight of the car by more than 200 grams. Weight reduction is one of the key factors to minimize the loss of energy. Every gram counts.
The no-noise, zero-emission car will participate in the 2007 Panasonic World Solar Challenge across Australia on October 21-28, 2007. The race, in fact the world championship for solar cars, is a 3000 km journey from tropical Darwin in the Northern Territory, to Adelaide in South Australia. It's an energy efficiency challenge, all about creating a balance between sustainable speed and endurance, energy management and strategic planning.
Composite products, based on polyurethane technologies from global chemical company Huntsman, are taking centre stage at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent, Belgium.
In late November, the 14 project partners in the MoPaHyb consortium developing a modular production plant for hybrid high-performance components wrapped up their successful efforts with a two-day symposium in Pfinztal, Germany.
Alvant says its aluminium matrix composite is proven to offer significant weight and performance benefits for rotor applications found in electric motors, flywheels, fans and turbines.