– factories for water-based technologies –
Algae grow up to 40 times faster than rooted plants. All they need is light, water and nutrients. Due to the rapid propagation, they are often seen as a plague. Starting from these properties this study deals specifically with the growth and utilisation of fibrous algae to be used in textile contexts. They are processed by means of newly interpreted technologies into either semi-manufactured products or up to a finished grown product. Marine Cotton represents an alternative to current resources and technologies of the textile industry.
Vortex is a concept that spins fibrous algae into yarn. As long as algae stay in water it is easy to separate or treat them. Lifting them outside, they glue together immediately.
II. Deep Draw
When algae are exposed to intense sunlight they produce large amounts of oxygen. The oxygen is caught under the dense algae mesh, so that the algae float on the water surface. This effect can be used for a shaping process that is similar to the regular plastic deep drawing process.
III. 3D Growth
Due to the fact that Cladophora adhere to surfaces it is possible to grow predefined shapes or coat surfaces.
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