SUSTAINABLY MODIFIED NATURAL FIBERS 

In the last decade, the demand for strong and light-weight materials for products like sporting goods, furniture, automobiles and suitcases has led to an increase in the demand of composite materials. The Natural Fibers project develops technology to produce sustainable composite materials consisting of natural fibers and polymers that are strong and light. To combine these two elements and to make them resistant in wet environments, the natural fibers have to be made hydrophobic. FeyeCon has realized this by treating the natural fibers with pressurized CO₂, which is a solvent and water free process. After depressurization, the fibers come out clean and dry, which makes the CO₂ process the only impregnation system that does not need a washing and drying step.

Currently the market of glass fiber reinforced composites is by far the largest. More recently, a small portion of the market has been taken over by composites reinforced with natural fibers, due to the fact that these have a 20% lower weight. Furthermore, the ecological footprint is smaller than that of glass fibers, because the production of glass needs large amounts of energy.  The aim of this project is to make natural fibers hydrophobic with a dry and sustainable process, resulting in sufficiently strong end-products to allow replacement of glass fiber reinforced materials. Envisioned end-user products are sports goods like light-weight ski's, automotive parts, building materials or any other products where natural fibers can replace glass fibers. 

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SUSTAINABLY MODIFIED NATURAL FIBERS 

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SUSTAINABLY MODIFIED NATURAL FIBERS 

In the last decade, the demand for strong and light-weight materials for products like sporting goods, furniture, automobiles and suitcases has led to an increase in the demand of composite materials. The Natural Fibers project develops technology to produce sustainable composite materials consisting of natural fibers and polymers that are strong and light. To combine these two elements and to make them resistant in wet environments, the natural fibers have to be made hydrophobic. FeyeCon has realized this by treating the natural fibers with pressurized CO₂, which is a solvent and water free process. After depressurization, the fibers come out clean and dry, which makes the CO₂ process the only impregnation system that does not need a washing and drying step.

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Construction and Building

It’s in everyone’s best interest to manage our energy resources responsibly. By implementing improved performance building materials we can drastically improve a building’s energy efficiency.

Aerogels are one example of such building materials. Aerogels are a unique, biodegradable, fire resistant and space saving insulation material. It can be used as regular wall insulation or in combination with concrete or glass - the possibilities are endless. Together with our strategic partner, Separex, we have improved the production process and quality of Aerogels. With reduced production costs, our aerogels can truly revolutionize the building industry!

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Construction and Building

It’s in everyone’s best interest to manage our energy resources responsibly. By implementing improved performance building materials we can drastically improve a building’s energy efficiency.

Aerogels are one example of such building materials. Aerogels are a unique, biodegradable, fire resistant and space saving insulation material. It can be used as regular wall insulation or in combination with concrete or glass - the possibilities are endless. Together with our strategic partner, Separex, we have improved the production process and quality of Aerogels. With reduced production costs, our aerogels can truly revolutionize the building industry!

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TEXTILE, LEATHER AND FIBER

The use of chemicals in the textile industry and the pressure it puts on our fresh water reserves pose significant problems. FeyeCon has solved these problems with its game changing CO₂ technology. Our processes not only uses less or no chemicals or water, they also consume less energy and are faster, which dramatically reduces production costs. 

WATER FREE DYEING & PROCESSING

Our most revolutionary achievement is our waterless textile dyeing process. Skeptics said it could not be done, but we have proven the contrary. With the help of launching partner Nike, our joint venture DyeCoo has successfully implemented the first water free dyeing process for polyester, steadily making the dyeing business a clean business. We are currently investigating water free processes for cotton, leather and other fibers like paper. 

WATER & CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING & STERILIZATION

In conventional dry cleaning processes harsh chemicals are used that are harmful for the environment and linked to serious health problems. Conventional wet cleaning consumes vast quantities of potable water. By using pressurized CO₂ the same cleaning results can be achieved but without toxic chemicals or the use of water. CO₂ has the unique ability to deactivate bacteria & contaminants and remove heavy oil-based soils, leaving virtually no secondary waste. These environmental and performance benefits translate into direct economic savings, including longer garment lifetime and lower utility consumption. Our joint venture CO2Nexus is working on commercializing these processes. 

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TEXTILE, LEATHER AND FIBER

The use of chemicals in the textile industry and the pressure it puts on our fresh water reserves pose significant problems. FeyeCon has solved these problems with its game changing CO₂ technology. Our processes not only uses less or no chemicals or water, they also consume less energy and are faster, which dramatically reduces production costs. 

WATER FREE DYEING & PROCESSING

Our most revolutionary achievement is our waterless textile dyeing process. Skeptics said it could not be done, but we have proven the contrary. With the help of launching partner Nike, our joint venture DyeCoo has successfully implemented the first water free dyeing process for polyester, steadily making the dyeing business a clean business. We are currently investigating water free processes for cotton, leather and other fibers like paper. 

WATER & CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING & STERILIZATION

In conventional dry cleaning processes harsh chemicals are used that are harmful for the environment and linked to serious health problems. Conventional wet cleaning consumes vast quantities of potable water. By using pressurized CO₂ the same cleaning results can be achieved but without toxic chemicals or the use of water. CO₂ has the unique ability to deactivate bacteria & contaminants and remove heavy oil-based soils, leaving virtually no secondary waste. These environmental and performance benefits translate into direct economic savings, including longer garment lifetime and lower utility consumption. Our joint venture CO2Nexus is working on commercializing these processes. 

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TERSUS Solutions

The TERSUS Solution redefines textile processing by replacing water with recycled carbon dioxide. Our process enables the efficient production and maintenance of higher performing, longer lasting textiles and garments. The TERSUS platform uses less energy and nearly eliminates water from textile cleaning, treatment, and finishing processes. TERSUS, by CO2Nexus, currently works with brand apparel companies and cleanroom garment service companies where we enable them to produce and maintain more environmentally-responsible textiles and garments." 

TERSUS – redefining textile processing

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TERSUS Solutions

The TERSUS Solution redefines textile processing by replacing water with recycled carbon dioxide. Our process enables the efficient production and maintenance of higher performing, longer lasting textiles and garments. The TERSUS platform uses less energy and nearly eliminates water from textile cleaning, treatment, and finishing processes. TERSUS, by CO2Nexus, currently works with brand apparel companies and cleanroom garment service companies where we enable them to produce and maintain more environmentally-responsible textiles and garments." 

TERSUS – redefining textile processing

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