The transformative impact of this new technology is not limited to the corporate world. Graphene, Aerogel and composites can be integrated in to everyday life with amazing results. Imagine a life where every room in your house is evenly heated and your energy bills are a fraction of their current cost. Where your mobile phone screen never cracks. Where you can charge your car in seconds whilst you are waiting for the red light to change and then be able to drive 1000’s of miles before your next recharge and where you need not feel guilty getting on a flight as there is literally no Carbon or other pollutants emitted from its engines.
The team that makes up Fusion is an Alliance of World leading Academics, ground breaking inventors and ecotech entrepreneurs. Independently they have been working within their own specialism for many years building up expert knowledge, market penetration and becoming leaders in their fields. During the course of 2019 the team have increasingly come together to collaborate on, and develop further, some of the most exciting Ecotech ever conceptualised. Fusion formalised this collaboration in its formation early 2020 and broadened its scope creating an Alliance that is greater than the sum of its parts.
At the core of our approach is our Fusion Alliance Member's proprietary process, that converts Methane in to Hydrogen and pure Graphene (Carbon) in industrial quantities. Our combined research in advanced materials and the present day application opportunities for our EcoGraphene, EcoAerogel and EcoComposites has already enabled transformational technologies.
The financial benefits that these technologies can offer major corporations will be the catalyst for positive change.
Making it green...
Three Fusion Alliance members are collaborating on a super insulation “wallpaper” material capable of retrofitting every existing home in the UK to an EPC of A. By comparison the average home in the UK is rated D. With 24 million homes existing homes in need of improvement, it is estimated that each home could save at least 1.5 tonnes of CO2 a year, 36 m tonnes for the UK alone. To address the urgent need to reduce this level of emissions, local Councils are currently spending up to £60,000 per home in significant work to make them energy efficient. Fusion aims to make a far greater impact both in time and cost.
EcoComposites are about to take the build industry by storm. The industry is well overdue an upgrade to printed building systems made from recycled materials. Fusion will have shares in composite market leaders Tufeco a Fusion Alliance Member and Shelleco a Fusion Alliance Venture, who have been developing the materials and the machinery to deliver 1000's of truly carbon free buildings.
Atelio is a Fusion Alliance Venture developed by the Fusion team with the assistance of International Architects Grimshaw. A proof of concept estate is due to by built within a year. We aim to sell the packaged concept to a well known tech brand by 2023.
Super Eco Homes
EcoComposites are in the process of developing the first A2 fire rated composite glass pultrusion system with the help of our EcoGraphene. This will have a huge impact on the whole construction industry as it will out perform steel beams, frames and structures in all departments.
The Tufeco Build Systems have been designed for simple robotic construction
Tufeco used their printed recycled glass build system to create this first of a kind carbon free, self sustainable school in Norfolk.
The Fusion team are lucky enough to use the school as a live test lab for our new products. Next up is the EcoGraphene and EcoAerogel heated wall covering ready to replace the current air heating system. This will be tested with and without infra-red heating elements.
Part of the R&D programme already in progress with Cranfield University, it has been established that our EcoGraphene in concrete makes it up to 60% stronger.
As well as making stronger concrete (enough to take out current rebar systems), it also allows the use of other materials that are more eco and abundant rather than coarse sands and gravels that are rapidly running out. Even Tufeco’s recycled glass bead and silica desert sand can be used instead, so countries like Saudi Arabia and Dubai would no longer need to import coarse sand from Australia which is their current status.
The concrete industry is worth £billions and currently is in crises regarding its eco status and its ever dwindling resources pot.
Super Light, Thermal & Eco Concrete
Concrete is the perfect recipient to benefit from our EcoAerogel enhancement. We are confident from existing tests that the EcoAerogel will reduce concrete's weight and decrease the thermal transfer rate significantly.
The reason silica aerogel is the worlds best insulator can be looked at in one way as presenting a tortuous path for heat to transfer through the material. Silica aerogel presents a nano assault course for heat transfer conduction is tortuous because the mesoporous broken ended silicon structure (backbone) makes atomic and molecular vibration difficult. Convection is difficult due to the pore size of 10 nano metres in our Aerogel, which is less than the mean free path of air - ie it cannot circulate and pass on its energy. Radiation - photons at the infra red frequency can travel and pass on their energy as the aerogel is basically a void (95% air) - this is ameliorated with IR blockers like titanium dioxide and conventional wisdom says heat transfer at room temperature is small via radiation.
The carefully controlled addition of Graphene both it powder & nanotube form can not only considerably strengthen the EcoAerogel Concrete as mentioned above, but can also help control the heat transfer through the concrete. By carefully layering the distribution of graphene in the casting process, heat can be deliberately trapped and transferred to where it is needed rather than simply passing through.
The same principles will apply for high rise pre-cast concrete cladding panels - It would be easy for us to produce a cementitious binder aerogel core to a cladding system. Aerogel, Graphene and concrete are fire extremely fire resistant.
Super Smart Eco Roads
Other Fusion team members worked with Tarmac on this
sustainable drainage installation at Arundel Gardens in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is part of this scheme.
The purpose of the sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) is to slow the flow of water into sewer during periods of rainfall. At Arundel Gardens the existing flow rates into sewer could be as much as 200 l/s during heavy storms. After the SuDS system was installed the flow into sewer was reduced to around 6 l/s, a 97% reduction.
The next phase for this system is to strengthen the plastic drainage foundation blocks and the bitumen surface using EcoGraphene and EcoComposites. Using the EcoHydrogen to make the Bitumen eco of course.
EcoAsphalt development is currently being researched at Cranfield University with Fusion partners Tufeco. As are EcoCharge Roads and EcoParking Space Charging.
Wind Turbine charging