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Friday, February 09, 2007

My Rod is a Carrot, For Reel

The carrot isn't just one part of a salad, a horrifying comedian, or a containment strategy anymore.
The humble carrot is set to be used in ways never imagined before, thanks to a discovery by two Scottish scientists who have found a way to convert the vegetable into an advanced material to make products from fishing rods to warships. [Emphasis added.]

The development is the brain-child of Dr David Hepworth and Dr Eric Whale, who have created the material, named Curran, at their company CelluComp in Burntisland, Fife. Their first product - a rod for fly fishing - goes on sale next month.

But they are not stopping there. The pair now plan to move on to make snowboards and car parts and say the material could also be used to make engineering components and even battleships.

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At the moment, the company can make materials which are around 80 per cent carrot, with carbon fibre making up the remainder.

The new "Just Cast" rods are around 50 per cent carrot - each made with around 2kg of the vegetables.

But it is hoped that as the technique is developed, they will eventually be able to make products which are made from 100 per cent biological matter - carrots and other plants.
More here from The Scotsman, and here from the Beeb.

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