WILMINGTON – DuPont announce three of its material technologies were recognized by the 2023 Edison Awards™. Selected from hundreds of nominees, DuPont received two silver and one bronze awards.
"We're honored that three of our innovative technologies are helping our customers address their most significant sustainability challenges," Alexa Dembek, DuPont chief technology and sustainability officer, said in a statement. "This recognition exemplifies how our teams are driven by a relentless focus on excellence and highlights the spirit of sustainable innovation at DuPont, demonstrating the impact of our close customer collaboration to bring cutting-edge technologies to market."
The 3 DuPont innovations awarded this year include:
Silver – Kevlar® 1 mil N636 paper won a Silver award for High Performance Design in the Aerospace & Flight Technologies category. Kevlar® 1 mil N636 paper is a promising new innovation offering an ultra-thin, ultra-light honeycomb paper product that can be used in aircraft cabins to help achieve effective lightweighting. The material is 20-30 percent lighter than the next comparable product, and initial results demonstrated a potential 3-4 percent reduction in overall aircraft weight, while offering additional benefits that come with lighter designs, including a lower cost to operate. In addition to aircraft application, Kevlar® 1 mil N636 paper is currently being tested for use in emerging applications with low load bearing requirements, including electric planes and drones, and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft designs.
Silver – FilmTec™ Fortilife™ CR200 water purification membrane won a Silver award for Sustainability in the Materials Science category. To help address the challenges of wastewater reuse and increase access to clean water, DuPont Water Solutions developed a new, high-productivity membrane, FilmTec™ Fortilife™ CR200, which maximizes operational efficiency and combats fouling – even in some of the world's most challenging waters. CR200's increased capability for water reuse can reduce demand for water drawn from local sources, such as ground and surface water. The exceptional design of CR200 elements compared to standard reverse osmosis elements provides wastewater reuse systems, with the ability to operate with a 50 percent reduction in cleanings, a 20 percent reduction in energy consumption, and less waste from cleaning chemicals and element replacement.
Bronze – BETASEAL™ APEX primerless-to-glass automotive aftermarket adhesive system won a Bronze award in the Materials Science category. BETASEAL™ APEX is an innovative primerless-to-glass adhesive that decreases impact on the environment while returning the vehicle to original specifications, simplifying installation of the replacement windshield, and providing consistent quality and Advances Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor compatibility. The elimination of primers containing organic solvents reduces glass installation steps, processing complexity and emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC). DuPont's internal calculations show that over 25,000 liters of solvent are no longer emitted into the atmosphere in North America alone by using BETASEAL™ APEX.
Established in 1987, The Edison Awards™ recognizes excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design, and innovation. Developed and maintained in the legacy of Thomas Edison, The Edison Awards™ "symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison and his Menlo Park team, while also strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity, and ingenuity.
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