The Biofore Concept Car drives sustainable change through innovative use of biomaterials
Componeering Inc., Helsinki, March 7, 2014. The Biofore Concept Car showcases the use of new innovative biomaterials in the automotive industry. Majority of parts traditionally made from plastics are replaced with high-quality, safe and durable biomaterials, provided by UPM. The biomaterials can significantly improve the overall environmental performance of car manufacturing. The Biofore Concept Car is designed and manufactured by students from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
"Sustainability is a major subject globally. We were excited to be able to design and build a vehicle that would demonstrate that already today we have biomaterials that are a real alternative to traditional oil-based materials. During the past four years of building the Biofore Concept Car, our students have come to see that these biomaterials are of high-quality, durable and offer also new design opportunities," says Pekka Hautala, Project Director from Metropolia.
The vehicle runs on UPM's wood-based renewable diesel, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels. UPM BioVerno is suitable for all diesel engines, including the 1,2 litre low-emission diesel engine featured in the Biofore Concept Car. Moreover, thanks to the biomaterials, the car is approximately 150 kg lighter than its equivalents resulting in lower fuel consumption.
"The Biofore Concept Car showcases the potential of UPM's biomaterials. Not only for the automotive industry, but also for various other end-uses including design, acoustics - a wide range of industrial injection moulding and consumer applications. The possibilities are endless, says Elisa Nilsson, Vice President of Brand and Communications at UPM.
The Componeering team was responsible for the design optimization of the Biofore Concept Car carbon fiber-based composite car body. "Working on this project involving an innovative automotive application and the challenge of reducing operational costs with the use of light-weight structural car body has given us a great opportunity to test and develop further our methodology for composites optimization", says Harri Katajisto, Engineering Consultant at Componeering.
The Biofore Concept Car premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 4. Please visit us during the event at stand 6438.
For more information, please contact:
Harri Katajisto, Engineering Consultant, Componeering, tel. +358 9 4342 1550
Elisa Nilsson, Vice President, Brand and Communciations, UPM, tel. +358 204 16 7806
Pekka Hautala, Project Director, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, tel. +358 50 048 3786
Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The Group employs around 21,000 people and our annual sales exceed € 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com
About Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science is Finland's largest university of applied sciences, which educates the professionals of tomorrow in the fields of culture, business, health care and social services, and technology. From altogether 65 degree programmes 14 are in English. Metropolia operates in the Greater Helsinki region (Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa) and has around 16.800 students and 1100 staff members. Metropolia is a reliable partner and an innovator in higher education. www.metropolia.fi/en/