Automobiles are shown responsible for carbon emissions contributing to global warming. But an environmentally friendly approach is on the way. The BioMotive project will produce more bio-degradable vehicle parts to improve the overall sustainability of the transportation sector.
Everybody now knows that cars consuming fossil fuels have a negative impact on the environment. However, little is said about what can be done to reduce CO2 emissions. Polish researchers have a project applied to this exact problem.
Selena, a research group in Poland, turns to plants that are not used in the human food chain to reduce carbon emissions and see them as the source of environmentally friendly plastics.
Wojciech Komala, research and development director of the project, says that the internal components of the cars will soon be made of bioplastic. “We are reducing the carbon footprint by developing lighter components for cars and using bio-based resources.” said Komala.
Plant chemicals are used in the laboratory to synthesize polymers. The resulting bioplastics can be injected into a heated mold or printed in 3D like conventional plastics.
A Small Start
This BioMotive project is currently an expensive option. But it is a far better option than using oil that invites carbon. The first goal of the Biomotive project will be to find out if bioplastic processes are commercially viable for the automobile industry. The Selena team hopes to build a small manufacturing factory next year.
The motor industry has made many initiatives in recent years to reduce emissions. As a result, a significant progress has been made in the last 10 years. Although the number of cars produced in Europe increased by more than 40 percent, carbon emissions dropped by about 24 percent.
Of course, there is still much to do and global warming is a major problem. In a period when electric vehicles are on the agenda, we will see how the relationship between vehicle production and the environment will continue.