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Nanotechnology makes possible boat 40% stronger and 75% lighter than metal boats

Most of us who anticipate and advocate the development of advanced nanotechnology also like to track the development of current uses for incremental nanoscience and nanotechnology in the expectation that demonstration of superior products from incremental nanotechnology will create knowledge, tools, profits, and demand for developing advanced nanotechnology. Zyvex corporation evinced a similar outlook with its reorganization in 2007 into Zyvex Labs to develop atomically precise manufacturing and several other companies devoted to exploiting near term opportunities. Here from Jaclyn Bacallao for Zyvex Technologies is an example of a very macroscale application of nanomaterials technology:

Dear Nanodot,

Zyvex Technologies announced that its 54-foot‚ boat named Piranha completed sea trials near Puget Sound in the Pacific Ocean and demonstrated record fuel efficiency. After six months of extensive testing, the Piranha this morning completed its final sea trial; a 600-nautical mile, rough-weather test in the Pacific Ocean in Washington and Oregon.

Piranha finished the tests in time to travel to its debut at the Sea Air Space show in Washington, DC, on April 11th. There, defense contractors are evaluating the Piranha for use as an unmanned platform with a variety of mission applications, including anti-piracy, harbor patrol, and oceanographic surveying

A conventional aluminum or fiberglass boat would have consumed 50 gallons or more per hour, while test results prove that Piranha consumed only 12 gallons of fuel per hour while cruising at 25 knots. The Piranha demonstrates Zyvex Technologies‚ ability to produce products with nano-enhanced materials that are 40% stronger than metals, such as aluminum, and 75% lighter, resulting in increased fuel efficiency.

Zyvex produced Piranha in just 90 days. The makers believe it can help coastal city leaders in ports like Seattle, San Diego, Miami, Norfolk, and New York better protect their harbors. In 2009, the New York City Police Commissioner testified before Congress that even with the Coast Guard’s assistance, the department could not fully protect the harbor, especially considering the vast amounts of uninspected cargo that enters the Ports of New York and New Jersey, pointing out that Mumbai was just another reminder. Two years later, there is still an urgent need for better port and maritime security.

The recent Oman piracy tragedy for four Americans from Seattle underscores the need for additional civilian and commercial security. In addition to the U.S. Navy, unmanned surface vessels such as Piranha can be deployed by Customs and Border Patrol, Port authorities and harbor police in high risk areas. Pirates can be tracked over long ranges with a clear picture of location so commercial vessels can avoid them. Piranha is an alternative to costly aircraft carriers. With its range and endurance, military personnel could remain on station for weeks and still protect designated areas. Piranha can be leased as an escort for commercial or private sailors through dangerous areas.

For Zyvex Technologies

For more, Piranha completes rough weather sea trials. See also PRWeb and at Zyvex Technologies.

8 Responses to “Nanotechnology makes possible boat 40% stronger and 75% lighter than metal boats”

  1. flashgordon Says:

    Ninety days? They (zyvex) clearly went with the money first on this one; but, when will they build space rockets? Imagine whatever technology they’re using(somehow I don’t think they’ve quite released knowledge of everything they’ve done since they posted some interesting micromachines and they’re last report about placing fifty atoms a second) to build a space rocket with that new swedish rocket fuel(I’m kindof surprised I havn’t heard much about this since I read it however many months ago – possibly a year now). They supposedly had a rocket fuel that is environmentaly friendly and thirty percent more powerfull than oxygen/hydrogen(i’m thinking that’s what they mean by rocket fuel)

  2. flashgordon Says:

    Ninety days? I seem to recall Zyvex mentioning something about a boat before. Maybe they made some kind of breakthrough and then they’re boat making dreams went into an accellerated development cycle?

  3. NanoMan Says:

    I have this dream of having a totally-self contained “Nano Yacht”, made from self-repairing diamondoid/fullerene composite materials, powered by a solar-electric hydrogen from water conversion system, and complete with nano food replicator and systems that allow me to extract materials, food material, and energy from the ocean itself. You would never have to dock at a port unless you wanted to, and, you can also unfold or grow from the molecular level your own temporary or permanent island, made from a sort of diamondoid “Artificial Coral”. How do you all like this idea?

  4. Ld Elon Says:

    Sounds good nanoman.

  5. flashgordon Says:

    I’d go with Arthur C. Clark and go all the way down to the bottom of some ocean somewhere; well, maybe just have some underwater house around a coral somewhere; that way, you dont’ have to go far to get to the surface; you could then have your advanced nano-boat; but also! Because you or I have an underwater house, we could have a tube connection to an astronomical observatory perched up beyond the water! This way, also, you could have the pressure equal in the underwater home to the outside; you could just take an elevator to the obsevatory every night!

  6. flashgordon Says:

    I recall trying to argue that before drexlerian nanotech officially happens, much of the accomplishments that drexlerian nanotech would accomplish(extreme life extension, opening the space frontier, even cleaning up the environment or at least becoming pretty much environmentally friendly) would be for the most part accomplished. Here’s part one; dna(now dna/rna) nanotech can accomplish much of the medical nanotech.

    But, could a.i. come sufficiently to make the other affect of drexlerian nanotech almost mute? It takes a.i. to pretty much make human manual labor almost a thing of the past; also, sufficient a.i. can pretty much make the accellerated technological affect that drexler envisions as possible with his daimondoid nanotech. We’ll be able to do pretty much everything we need to do without all the ethical concerns(except for the anti-science and high technology concerns).

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