Ford from … Coffee


The American Ford and McDonald’s automaker will deal with the processing of coffee husks in bioplastic — including for autodetas.

Every year, millions of tons of coffee husk turn into garden fertilizers or simply thrown out, but now the coffee wastes will have a new life. As a result of the research conducted by Ford, it turned out that the coffee husk was perfect for reinforcing plastics. McDonald’s supplier will perform. The purpose of the project will be used in the brand cars only recycled and renewable plastics.

Technology Processing is very simple: the husk, obtained by roasting coffee beans, heats up to a high temperature in a low oxygen medium, mixed with a polymer and other additives. The granules obtained at the output will be used to molding automotive parts: headlights and various elements of the interior and inconsistent space. The parts made from such plastic will be lighted by 20%, and energy costs during the molding process is less than 25%. In addition, biopolymers have better thermal properties than existing materials. This technology and other advantages have, including reducing the amount of food waste and reduce CO2 emissions.

Ford is one of the four world automakers who have signed an agreement with California’s authorities on following emissions in the staff. As part of this, Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen agreements should reduce fuel costs and harmful emissions from their new cars by 2026.