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Festo´s world of bionic solutions

festo bionicFesto has been working intensively on the topic of bionics since the early 90s. In 2006, the Bionic Learning Network was launched – an association of renowned universities, institutes and development companies. Since this time, Festo has been developing and supporting projects and test objects whose basic technical principles are derived from a wide variety of principles found in nature.

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Flying with Algae

airbusJülich, 16 May 2014 – A global society and a functioning world economy would not be conceivable without mobility. An important role is played by the aviation industry, which needs solutions for sustainable fuel in the near future. The AUFWIND project investigates algae production and conversion to biokerosene. A related project, known as OptimAL, optimizes the productivity and light use of algae. To support these activities, the Algae Science Centre has begun work at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Technical application:

alternative fuel for combustion engines

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ultrathin insulation for buildings inspired by the polar bear

polarbear polarhairMimicking polar bear fur, which is able to insulate the animal’s body to temperatures of 98.6° F (37° C) when outside temperatures get as low as -40° F (-40° C) could lead to better building insulation

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ultrathin insulation

 

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shoals of fish will offer their secret for windfarms

fishsoal windfarmWind turbines are the Colossus of the modern landscape, their blades sweeping circles more than a football field in diameter. Critics call them unsightly and say that the rotating blades clobber unsuspecting birds.

John Dabiri of Caltech found a solution underwater. He built an experimental wind farm — the Caltech Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy (FLOWE) — in which the location of turbines relative to each other takes advantage of the air flow among them.

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walefin for optimized turbines

walefin submarineThe humpback whale has pronounced bumps or tubercles along the leading edge of its pectoral flippers (above left). A idealized model of the flipper (above upper right), which was tested in a wind tunnel, demonstrated that the tubercles enhanced hydrodynamic performance…

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airblade, turbine, windmill

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Bees manage the grid

bee_swarm REGEN Energy is a technology company, founded on the basis of biomimicry, whose founders set out to
powergrid transform the energy efficiency landscape and develop a sophisticated new energy management technology

based on the communication patterns of honeybees.

Technical application:

organize complex power grids

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Scientists Mimic Fireflies to Make Brighter LEDs

led_fly The nighttime twinkling of fireflies has inspired scientists to modify a light-emitting diode (LED) so it is more than one and a half times as efficient as ledthe original. Researchers from Belgium, France, and Canada studied the internal structure of firefly lanterns, the organs on the bioluminescent insects’ abdomens that flash to attract mates.

 

Technical application:

Better LED technology

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