LOOP 650: A sustainable cradle-to-cradle composite sailing boat built with Filava™ basalt fiber has been nominated for a JEC Innovation Award. Recognizing innovations in the composite industry.
GS4C Sustainable Solutions is building a 100% recyclable sailing yacht, designed to race in the 2019 Mini-Transat, a single handed race across the Atlantic ocean. The boat will be entirely made of sustainable basalt fiber and recyclable epoxy resin.
As quoted on gs4c.museumsites.com:
Racing the boat under the mini650 class rules will be the chance for the team to prove that innovation and sustainability do not necessarily compromise performances and safety.
A sailing boat operates in one of the most difficult environment for composite materials (with exposure to UV and salty water), adding to that the requirements of lightness and the mechanical solicitation the structure has to withstand, the project will be a very reliable testbed and promotional vehicle for the technology.
The fiber is Filava™ from Belgian Company Isomatex S.A. The production of Filava™ is unique thanks to a genuine and innovative treatment of the raw material, basalt, which is enriched with various mineral additives to increase and guarantee its original mechanical and chemical properties.
Nominated for a JEC Innovation Award: GS4C (Italy) and partners Entropy Resins (Spain), Isomatex (Belgium), Diab (Sweden), GIVIDI Fabrics (Italy), Cormatex (Italy) Sustainable, zero-landfill cradle-to-cradle industrial composite manufacturing technology demonstrator.