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Opportunity

Calgary-based transportation design firm, Motive Industries Inc. is developing and prototyping Canada's first electric vehicle, the Kestrel car. This innovative vehicle is built with composite body parts manufactured from Alberta-grown hemp and flax, based on material formulations engineered at Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF). These new materials are valuable to industrial innovators like Motive Industries to meet the growing need for sustainability and energy efficiency. 

 

Technology

Nathan Armstrong of Motive Industries and Dr. John Wolodko of AITF's Advanced Materials group established a successful industrial research partnership to meet Motive's needs for new innovative materials. Wolodko and his team developed the hemp biocomposites that improve the car's chances of success in a crowded marketplace. These new bio composites will provide a durable materials solution; while lowering the carbon footprint of the final manufactured parts.

Status

Based on strong interest from the marketplace, the second stage of panel manufacturing and testing for the Kestrel is about to begin. The materials will be supplied by the Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre (ABDC) fibre processing plant at AITF's Vegreville facility, and the panels will be manufactured at Fiber-Werx International in Sylvan Lake.

Nathan Armstrong of Motive Industries is on the fast track to take the electric Kestrel car to market, an opportunity that carries a value of more than $100 million annually in Canada. With Alberta's strengths, the province is ready to take up new market opportunities for more sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.

 
Dr. Jan Slaski (l) and Dr. John Wolodko (r) at AITF's Advanced Materials lab in Edmonton. Slaski, one of Alberta's key experts in crop and plant physiology, optimizes industrial hemp crops for Alberta's growing conditions. Wolodko uses the hemp fibres to engineer strong, lightweight bio materials for more sustainable building and manufacturing products.


*Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre is a virtual centre that offers entrepreneurs and businesses, the collective research strengths of Alberta Innovates–Technology Futures, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, and Sustainable Resource Development.

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John Wolodko PhD   Motive Industries Inc.
Portfolio Manager   Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre
Advanced Materials  
780-987-8744    
john.wolodko@albertainnovates.ca