20-01-20 Material research to plastics
By principle a coffee would give you an hand and energy kick during the day;
what if it could be applied to plastics? How they would behave?
Automotive and Restaurant/ Food companies will soon be giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using part of a familiar staple in the morning routine, coffee beans, in vehicle parts.
Every year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff – the dried skin of the bean – naturally comes off during the roasting process. A engineering company, a global Tier-1 auto component group’s subsidiary has partnered with OEM and Food chain restaurant companies, to convert coffee bean skin into car parts. It has produced a component housing moulded from coffee chaff – the dried skin of a coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process, for the first time in exterior vehicle component industry.
The component – developed in a partnership– offers stiffness, rigidity, and thermal management properties that are comparable to existing components. Using these recycled materials enables us to reduce our environmental impact—the component will be 20 percent lighter and better for fuel efficiency. The coffee chaff, which comes off during coffee roasting process, otherwise mostly goes straight away to landfills
The coffee chaff can be converted into a durable material to reinforce certain vehicle parts. By heating the chaff to high temperatures under low oxygen, mixing it with plastic and other additives and turning it into pellets, the material can be formed into various shapes.
(wonder if Delta Cafés - Portuguese coffee company- knows about it !)
Lets see if the plastic doesn't stress with it...
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