Bio-Hybridtapes honoured by the state of NRW
The state of North Rhine-Westphalia praised the commitment to climate protection and included the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, short ITA in the KlimaExpo.NRW exhibition with the Bio-Hybridtapes project.
With Bio-Hybridtapes, ITA, together with national and international partners, has developed an innovative manufacturing process for completely biobased tapes for the reinforcement of light structural components. The project provides important insights into the use of these tapes as a climate-friendly alternative to conventional glass-fibre reinforced tapes. The scientists Julia Eckert and Matthias Reuter received the award for the ITA on 21.3.2019.
Lightweight components made of fibre-reinforced plastics enable weight savings of up to 30 percent in automotive engineering. To ensure that they meet the same mechanical requirements as conventional components made of steel or aluminum materials at the same time, tapes are used that specifically reinforce particularly stressed areas. While very energy-intensive glass-fibre-reinforced tapes are used in the production process for many years, the process developed in the project makes it possible for the first time to produce completely bio-based tapes with almost the same strength properties.
The following key points qualified bio-hybrid tapes as a progress engine for climate protection:
- First production of quasi-endless fibre-reinforced thermoplastic bio-composite materials
- 100 percent renewable raw materials
- Similarly good strength properties as tapes
- Easy transferability to other material systems
Since 2014, the state initiative has been awarding prizes to projects and players who meet the challenges of climate protection with particular commitment and who particularly highlight the positive effects of climate protection measures on the economy, the environment and society in North Rhine-Westphalia. Christoph Dammermann, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, presented the official certificate for inclusion in the state-wide exhibition on 21.03.2019 at the Mannesmann Tower on the banks of the Rhine in Düsseldorf, Germany, the headquarters of the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs.
"As the most populous federal state with a dense industry, NRW bears a special responsibility for climate protection. At the same time, a great deal is happening in this area. It's great to see how many people are committed to protecting our climate. With the admission to KlimaExpo.NRW we want to pay tribute to their commitment and give them the attention they deserve," said Christoph Dammermann. With this qualification, the Bio-Hybridtapes project joins the ranks of exemplary climate protection projects that meet the challenges of climate protection with special commitment and are presented in the format of the NRW state government.