Solar race car tests biobased hardener | October 9, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 40 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 40 | p. 20 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 9, 2017

Solar race car tests biobased hardener

Department: Business
Keywords: biobased materials, coatings, hardener, solar car
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The solar Sonnenwagen racecar sports a biobased coating hardener from Covestro.
Credit: Covestro
A photo of German university students' entry into the 2017 solar car race in Australia.
 
The solar Sonnenwagen racecar sports a biobased coating hardener from Covestro.
Credit: Covestro

This week, 40 teams will race solar-powered cars from Darwin to Adelaide, Australia, a distance of 3,000 km. Covestro will take advantage of the region’s harsh conditions—45 °C temperatures and strong ultraviolet radiation— to test the performance of its 70% biobased coating hardener. Made from pentamethylene diisocyanate, it’s part of a urethane coating system from PPG Industries. The coating will grace the Sonnenwagen race car, designed by students at Germany’s RWTH Aachen University and Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

 
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