To date crude oil has been seen as the most important material in the chemical industry. ThyssenKrupp is developing an alternative: a process in which bacteria produce lactic and succinic acids. Lactic and succinic acids can be used to produced bio-based plastics, which are biodegradable. Around 4.5 million tons of polyethylene could be replaced by bioplastics every year in the coming years. Video, 2 min.
Material experts from Hoesch Hohenlimburg and ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe have developed a completely new steel which is both exceptionally strong and readily formable. The secret is in the alloy, which has a high manganese content. One of the strengths of the new steel is its energy absorption, for example its ability to dissipate impact energy quickly. Video, 2 min.
Concentric Cam is the name of a new system from ThyssenKrupp Presta which controls the valves in gasoline and diesel engines. This allows fuel combustion to be adapted optimally to different driving situations, which in turn reduces n itrous oxide and particulate emissions by up to 40 percent and CO2 emissions by up to 20 percent. Video, 2 min.
ThyssenKrupp System Engineering develops integrated production systems for lithium-ion batteries – the batteries used in electric vehicles and to store renewable energy. The development team optimized the entire production process, from base chemical handling to finished battery. The result: highly automated lines for cost-effective mass production. Video, 2 min.