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Bicycle helmet from the forest

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Rasmus Malbert

Cellutech has developed a bicycle helmet entirely based on materials from the forest. It is showcased today and is the first product realized from the inspirational project Ekoportal2035, created by Skogsindustrierna.

The helmet is a prototype designed and constructed by the designer Rasmus Malbert. Cellulose materials with different expressions were used in the design process. The helmet has an outer shell of wood veneer and straps made of durable paper. The cushioning inside consists of Cellutech’s cellulose foam, Cellufoam™.

Cellufoam™ is a new and unique material made of nanocellulose produced from wood pulp and is therefore both renewable and biodegradable. The properties of Cellufoam™ are suitable for use in e.g. lightweight construction, packaging materials and absorbent products. The idea of the foam comes from a research group within the Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) and has been further developed by Cellutech.

– The collaboration with Cellutech makes it possible to commercialize the new materials we develop within WWSC and bring them closer to the market, says Lars Wågberg, Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology.

The bicycle helmet is the first example of how Cellufoam™ can be used. Work is now in progress to find more suitable applications. There is currently an increasing need for renewable and biodegradable foam materials that can replace plastic foams.

– We have shown that with new innovations and good cooperation with university research it is possible to use forest raw materials to produce foam materials, that is something we are very proud of, says Åsa Ek, Development Manager at Cellutech.

– I think there is an incredibly strong potential in this material, we are just at the beginning of an exciting trend where more and more petroleum-based materials are replaced with renewable alternatives, says Rasmus Malbert.

 

Cellutech was founded in 2012 and has developed a number of technologies within renewable materials. The company cooperates with the Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC), a Swedish research center focused on new materials from the forest. The company is owned by around twenty researchers at WWSC, Stora Enso, FAM, Bergvik Skog, SweTree Technologies, KTH Holding and Chalmers Capital.

Contact: Åsa Ek, Development Manager Cellutech, +46 702 031 817, asa@cellutech.se

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Skogen flyttar in i 3D-skrivaren

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WWSC science rap @ SPCI & Friends Gröna Lund 2015-05-26

Maestro Jojjen has done it again! This time with the support from his apprentice MC Benzo. Together they perform a marvelous rap that gives an overview of the academic research within the field of sustainable materials from the Swedish forests. Enjoy and spread the word of a more sustainable world! Peace out!


 

Det kallas forskning, vi vill ge dig mera Vi vill utbilda oss och leverera

 

A, okej, då var det dags igen

SPCI fortfarande glassigt men

Nytt år, ny låt, nytt mode, ny glow

Det kan va samma gamla fibrer men me härligt flow

Nu presenterar vi forskningsgrund

Här finns folk från vår pappersmassa jord så rund

Men vi börjar norrut i vårt långa land

Östersund, Sundsvall och Härnösand

Där finns, jorå, mittunivsersitetet

Firar 10 år, aha japp ni vet det

Med distansutbildning ett av mycket de kan

Men vi beger oss nu till vårat värmeland

Där finns Karlstad universitet, med sin forskarskola VIPP, i fiberglansen sola

Nära företag och samhälle forska de vill göra

Och snart till deras forskning vi ska höra

 

Det kallas forskning, vi vill ge dig mera Vi vill utbilda oss och leverera

 

Okej, om det finns ett samarbete rå

WWSC är ett center, där är Chalmers, KTH

Nya material från träd är att önska

Likt BiMaC Innovation, som vill företag ge grönska

Greenhouse labs där finns startup-möjlighet I kontor och labb idé blir verklighet

På Chalmers skapas nano, material och mycke mer

Mot en hållbar framtid, de säger avancez

På KTH finns mycket om polymerer, men också om fibrer, vad ska vi göra mere?

Finns svaret i en skola för forskarstudenter?

FPIRC ger dig kurser, så du vet va som händer!

Med skolor å kurser, skogsindustriella

Nya material kanske framtida jobbkälla?

Men vi ska nu försöka ge er mer att ta hem

När doktorander entrar scenen med fiberkläm

 

Det kallas forskning, vi vill ge dig mera Vi vill utbilda oss och leverera

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