Ten companies and their partners will receive awards during a ceremony on the show floor October 2 at 3 p.m. ET. The event is open to all and will be hosted by Boston news anchor Gene Lavanchy, as JEC President and CEO Frédérique Mutel, told Design News in an email.
JEC launched the Innovation Awards Program in 1998 with the goal of spotting, celebrating, and promoting the very best innovations in composites. Since then, the program has involved 1,600 businesses, and rewarded 177 companies and 433 partners for their leading contributions toward advancing composites technology and enhancing value for end-users, she said.
"The Americas remain a global center of innovation, and a beacon to players who wish to compete and thrive in the largest worldwide composites market, which totals $34 billion in annual revenues on a global worldwide composites market of $98 billion," Mutel told us. "JEC's Innovation Awards Program continues to be recognized as a driving force for new and highly competitive composites innovations, both in this important region as well as globally, with submissions from top companies from around the world.”
JEC considered applications from many different international companies for recognition in 10 competitive categories, including Safety, Supply Chain, Design, Fibers, Process, Green Solutions, and Multi-sectorial. Also, this year JEC Americas is introducing three new award categories: Innovation Spreading, Electric Vehicle, and Pipes and Water Management, to reflect the expansion of the composites industry into new markets, she said.
The 2013 Innovation Awards Program is actively supported by JEC Magazine and Aviation Week. Click on the photo below to see the winners.
Invenio S.A. Solar Car Built With Carbon Fiber
A carbon-fiber solar car was developed and built using high-tech materials last year for the Latin American solar race. The vehicle won the 1,400 km race, reaching 120 km/hr at a weight of 190 kg. It also won the Atacama Solar Challenge in 2012 and will take part in the World Solar Challenge in Australia in 2013.
The project based its choice of technology on the carbon-fiber composite techniques used in the aeronautics industry that helped to draw attention to the composite world and encouraged the development of new products for industrial customers. The master molds for the model were created using modern manufacturing methods, with a CNC water jet and a CNC router being used for the finishing steps.
The project’s main potential concerns the application of composite technology to the automotive industry in order to reduce weight, save energy, and reduce fuel consumption for electric vehicles.
This challenging project included the participation of the Universidad de La Serena, Minera Los Pelambres, Enaer, and other companies.
Hi Rob, seems to me that is almost impossible that you have saw the IntiKallpa Solar Car in Daas, because in this date it was being repaired in Chile, in the INVENIO SA. facilities. The car lenght is almost 5 yards, and I agree that is an admirable project.
taimoortariq, I sadly agree with your conclusion. I guess what I was objecting to is the possible implication (maybe I'm the only one that heard that implied) that we haven't reached that goal yet because of the technology itself, and that's not true. Rob is right--running a car on solar is currently a joke. Let's hope that condition doesn't last.
GTOlover, you brought up some interesting points, and DN has covered several innovations that attempt to make curved solar cells. I think I'd clarify my statements a little: the technology is not primitive. The market, however, is another story, as I noticed when covering this story about China's solar industry http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=267451 For instance, I noticed something not mentioned in the article (because not germane)--the top tier are largely vertically integrated companies. This is generally more characteristic of manufacturers in the earlier stages of an industry's evolution and growth, at least in electronics and related fields. And I think that's because of the 99% focus on solar panels for (primarily) buildings.
Beam theory is a staple of virtually every engineering education, but it's so seldom that we actually see an innovation in this area. The composite layer beam in Slide 7 is the stuff that PhD theses are built upon.
I think it's terrific the JEC recognizes innovation occurring within the composite industry. Those companies and engineers working with this technology certainly deserve any and all recognition they receive. This is an extremely important field and one that will only grow in importance as time goes by. There are so many applications now possible or made better as a result of R&D within the technology itself. The excellent slide show probably represents the tip of the iceberg.
Ann I agree, Solar panels are certainly not primitive. Also they are really getting better in terms of energy density every year as well, but still we have not yet reached that point where our high energy demands can be met by solar energy. And in the applications where solar panels are satifying the high energy requirements require them to have a very huge surface area, which becomes a challenge considering the cost and space constraints.
What I am saying is that although there is no match to the advancement and advantages of solar energy, still we are not at that position to make this our regular source of energy.
Ann, being an alumnus of University of Minnesota Auroa 2 solar car (back in 1994-95), I can tell you that the PV cells were not primitive (even back then). However, the problem is the cells are flat and the best conversion is when they face the sun. On a moving vehicle this proved to be difficult and a huge compromise. During competition, the cells would provide some energy, but the batteries would run down. You only hoped you could collect enough light at scheduled stops to "re-fill" the battery. Another problem is the temperature. The interior of the car got hot (thus the need for frequent driver changes). The PV cells effeciency was also reduced as the temperature went up. The EE guys came up with some clever ways to try and cool the cells, but it was always a trade off.
In the end, if the cells could be curved or applied to the shape, there might have been more opprotunity to collect light. But the winning cars were the ones that could balance weight of the battery, the size of the PV array, and design an efficent drive (and perhaps a little bit of luck).
I remember seeing a lot of carbon fiber solar cars in the day. But the winning cars were not always the carbon fiber lightweights.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.