The following is a list of some of the industries that we are helping to make safer products, reduce operating costs, and use less toxic chemicals.
FLITE in Aerospace
The commercial and military aviation sector spends 27 billion USD on fuel each year. By reducing drag on aircraft surfaces, we can reduce fuel consumption, improve top speed or range without adding weight.
In addition, ice on aircraft is still a serious problem. FLITE’s technique can reduce condensation and the formation of ice, either on exposed surfaces or in critical instruments. For many small drones, this technique might make the difference between “fly” or “no fly” in wet weather. Finally, our technique reduces corrosion on metallic surfaces around the aircraft. The overall result is improved safety and range of operations for any aircraft.
FLITE in Medical Devices
When medical devices are implanted in the body, they encounter two fundamental problems; complications that arise where the implant meets tissue, (such as scarring and infection), and blockages that occur in the spaces created by those implants (such as clotting and stenosis). Functional surfaces that reduce these problems have already been studied and their benefits established, but there are material limits that can have these surfaces, and nanotech coatings are often seen as unsafe by regulatory officials.
FLITE can take well designed, trusted devices, and improve their surface texture to reduce complications. Hydrophilic surfaces show better tissue affinity and hydrophobic surfaces experience less stenosis in devices like cardiac stents.
FLITE in Oil and Gas
Petroleum infrastructure is exposed to the worst conditions and contaminants on earth.
In the Emirates, the annual cost for the “war on rust” is over 14 billion, part of the 1.3 trillion dollar “rust fund” spent worldwide by the oil and gas industry. The Aramco Journal of Technology says that 36% of all maintenance costs are about rust. The $60B coating industry has not really solved these problems. Rust is still the cause of 50% of leaks.
Our technique can be applied to protect the outside of pipelines from rust, and the inside against the buildup of biofilms and scaling. We can also apply the technique to critical sensors and actuators to prevent failure due to fouling and spattering. Finally, we can create a passive surface that can separate oil and water without consuming energy. These are just some of the many improvements we can offer to the oil and gas industry.
FLITE in Water Treatment
The water industry has a unique challenge; create a distribution system that is exposed to some of the worst conditions the world has to offer, and transport a product across great distances while keeping it free of contaminants. The $60B coating industry has not really solved these problems. Rust is still the cause of 50% of leaks.
Our technique can be applied to protect the outside of pipelines from rust, and the inside against the buildup of biofilms and scaling. These are just two of the many improvements we can offer to the water industry.
FLITE in Clean Energy
By reducing rust on electrical towers, wire and other infrastructure, we can lower losses due to outages. Preventing ice on these surfaces will also reduce the energy we use for melting (or the accumulated ice damages the wire and structures over time). By reducing ice and fouling on wind turbines, we can improve energy yield and stability and reduce cleaning costs. By reducing dust, ash, and other contaminants on solar panels, we increase yield and lower failure rates. We can also increase the efficiency of photovoltaic cells to increase light absorption.
Don’t see your sector in this list? Talk to us about our work in the food and beverage, automotive, semiconductor and chemical processing sectors!