For today and the future.
The development of material, surface technology, process engineering and not at least of new environmental transportation systems are one of our goals. Some of these - also poular - questions are be part of our R & D work.
What do a Manta ray and the worldst eco-efficent transportation system - a HIGHSHIP - have in common? The answer rests in a growing field of scientific study at what we can learn from the natural.
This is known as 'biomimicry' or biologically inspired engineering. Simply put, it's the study and imitation of nature's best ideas to help solve human challenges.
A growing number of innovations are inspired by an array of natural structures, organs and materials - and these tried and tested patterns of the natural world will continue to be a powerful source of inspiration in the future.
What do a sea bird and a HIGHSIP have in common? The anwer rests in using the ground effect - the most eco-efficient transport over the ocean.
Far from shore, shearwaters often closely follow the contours of the waves, and gaggles of auklets fly rapidly just above the water. Skimming permits the birds to take advantage of an aerodynamic phenomenon known as
"ground effect." The patterns of airflow around a wing that is operating close to a surface are modified by that surface in a manner that reduces drag, the resistance of the air to the progress of the wing.
The surface of a lotus leaf has evolved to keep it clean and dry by causing rainwater to roll off and take any dirt with it. Known as the "lotus effect", these properties have inspired for the bionic structure of an HIGHSHIP.
This reduces the weight of the HIGHSHIP and, therefore, the amount of fuel burn and carbon emissions.