February 18, 2014
Innovation is requirement in the intelligence age to forming new solutions on the traditional. As science is advancing new technologies using biologicals such as, Coffee Grounds Converted to Biomass Pellets is not a novelty. The concept of what is a “tire” is now being innovated in that “Your Next Set of Tires Could Be Made from Dandelion Juice“.
The news that the dandelion is showing significant promise as a source of rubber. The Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology has paved the way for breakthrough engineering, using the juice of the dandelion to extract rubber, which will then be used to manufacture tires. The optimization of dandelion cultivation will go hand in hand with advanced production engineering to increase rubber procurement in Europe and then in the rest of the world. In the High Level Group meeting of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials in February this year, European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturer’s Association (ETRMA) members stressed on the fair and sustainable access to raw materials and inclusion of natural rubber on the list of crucial raw materials,” reports Industry Tap.
Research has shown that the rubber extracted from the dandelion root is less affected by the elements than rubber obtained from a rubber tree. This means better quality and more potential for the production process.
To create high-grade natural rubber from dandelions, a special pilot facility has been set up in Münster by the team of molecular biologists at IME and the research wing of the automotive supplier giant, Continental. New varieties of the plant are being cultivated to make better tire blends. Care is also being taken to ensure that these new blends are high in both rubber and biomass, which means a more cost effective and more sustainable future for the industry.
The positive influence of using biological extractions to change the structural makeup of products can overtime produce an environmental solution using plant materials to reduce emissions. The con is adoptability. Consumers considering tires made from dandelions is projected to be ill conceived by the end-user. Consumers will need education to conceive a biological extract as the material makeup of a tire versus the official rubber material makeup of ole’.
In the construct of sustainable thinking tire’s constructed from dandelion juice is pushing the bounds and leading the way to innovation.