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Green Supermaterials
22 Nov 2015 - By Mr. Berqstrom

It is more than 100 years ago since the world saw an epoche change in the use of materials for building construction. This change put most established knowledge about how to build on "standby" as streelframe construction and steel re-inforced concrete found its way to the buildingsite. It took several decades for the industry to understand the real potential of these materials, and even longer for it to be commonly accepted. For the last 50 years have the buildingindustry with its architects and engineers worked to optimize these solutions, to build higher and faster. The New face for these materials is not as good as they where 100 years ago. Today steel and concrete is a burden for the carbon footprint made by the buildingindustry. Whereas choosing "green" solutions might not be an options, since (for example) woodbased materials traditionally have a low strength when comparing to steel. Modern super- materials, such as carbonfibre is on the other hand to costly to be uses widespread in a construction project.

This might be about to change, as woodbased nanomaterials seemingly have the same strengts as carbonfibre and kevlar, or even better. According to Innventia.com are they in Sweeden today manufacturing carbonfibre in small scale reasearch labratories, with base from waste products in the paper production process. Similar studies has been done by the Forest Products Laboratory in United States. According to Gizmag.com is their cellulose nanocrystals from Wood materials, such as wood chips and sawdust, potentially stronger than both Kevlar and Carbonfibre. With this strength, it is seen as a green supermaterial for the future.
 

The green shift
12 Nov 2015 - By Mr. Berqstrom

The green shift is on it's way and it is happening fast.  Perhaps faster than most people would expect. As late as a few days ago I read in a Norwegian online paper about the Wendel 7-X, the german fusion reactor belived to change the energy situation in the world, with its tremendous capacity. It it said to be started up in November 2015 for tests, so we can only wait for the tests result to really know if the future is now. After reading the Norwegian online paper I got interested in the subject and started to search some more online, finding a good article in the Sciencemag.org making me think more about what tremendous change this fusion reactor could be for all the people on planet earth. It could be the gamechanger giving everyone on earth the energy they need to run all their needed appliances in their homes, including the computerpower needed to be online 24/7, 365 days pr year. Just imagine how this would inprove everyones lifestandard and give people a fair chance in life.

You might question what this technology might do for the field of architecture and engineering. Nobody knows the complete answer to this, but I belive fusion power might be the scenario where man get one step closer to "Alpha Centauri" or perhaps make Nasa's version of it become true. Anyhow will this technology for us earthlings give 'pure' energy to more people, cheaper. This might be the key where we truly can: "Provide solutions that will bring all of humanity to a higher standard of living than anybody has ever experienced or dreamt of.."

And this is the reason why I write about this Wendel 7-X. I do not belive that planet Earth will be saved by hippies or hipsters trying to live like indians in "Gaia- concept ecocamps". No offence to this approach, just read my project "Houses for the masses" to see my solutions for communities who choose this path. It has for me been a long journey to understand more of the tremendous challanges humans are facing as a species to survive on planet Earth, whereas I today see new Technology: as probably the best bet to win this lottery. Even so, I belive in a wide specter of solutions where geeks and hippies might live side by side.

In this picture I'd like to see the the Wendel 7-X reactor as part of something bigger. It is a change happening in the field of technology today where creation of new materials, smarter materials and the spacial programming of space is on the vertue for something more. As of today I do not know what this "something more" is, but I'm quite sure that energy will be needed to develop and create future materials stonger, faster and better.

All this has to be done "green". We can no longer have "dirty" materials used in the industry. Just imagine what it would do to our carbon fotprint, if we could remove traditional concrete from the Equation? To find better materials I belive power- demanding processes from the nano- level and up would make concrete and steel obsolete in the future. For this New industry I hope the Wendelstein 7-X reactor could make a difference, providing energy for building a new environment- friendly world.



http://www.sciencemag.org/

Wendel 7-X: Source: Sciencemag.org
A fusion reactor With a twist, published in Sciencemag.org the 23 Oct 2015.