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  • Circular Economy, Biomimicry and IT

    Circular economy is the norm in nature: all products are 100% recycled and recyclable. Waste does not exist at the level of natural ecosystems, as the metabolic waste of one living being is the food of another. This can inspire us to transform our production methods towards a circular economy. Zero waste, the basis for nature It is often easier, for a company selling a product, not to worry about what happens to waste along the production chain. Yet everything can be put to good use, that's what nature and circular economy do. In ecology, the concept of biocenosis brings together living beings, their organizations and their interactions in a given ecological space. These systems are extremely complex, each species interacting with a large number of living beings in its environment, from bacteria and fungi to trees. A forest is much more than the sum of its inhabitants. This explains why it is very rare that the introduction of a species into a new environment goes well, the complexity of the biocenoses making them almost impossible to apprehend in their entirety. The added species usually ends with either becoming invasive, and lead to the reduction or disappearance of other native species, either by not adapt and disappear from the environment. The subtle balances of biocenoses are the result of long periods of experimentation and evolution, and we humans have little chance of succeeding in creating such complex and self-sufficient systems in a few decades. What we can do, however, by biomimicry is to draw inspiration from methods that have been selected and work on the long term to design our own production systems. The zero waste aspect is crucial in the circular economy because producing elements that are not recycled by other members of the ecosystem is the certainty of an increasingly unstable system. Nature knows how to produce materials with remarkable physical properties, which are also recyclable. In forests, wood is recycled by fungi that have specialized enzymes capable of breaking down their long carbon chains . If the principle of forest ecosystems can be an inspiration in itself for designing industrial networks, the concrete methods employed are also powerful tools that we can put to good use. Lignin, which gives wood its strength, is made up of long carbon chains, which is also the case... for plastic! Some mushrooms are thus capable of degrade plastic into edible material with low energy cost. Aiming for a circular economy, aiming to produce nothing that cannot be recycled at the end of its life, and recycling as much as possible are therefore lessons that can be learned from nature to create a sustainable society. The circular economy, to get out of the linear economy paradigm Linear production, as it is mainly conceived and practiced today, draws on stocks that are non-renewable or do not renew quickly enough and produce waste that is neither dealt with by the economy, nor by the ecosystems. This mode of production is not sustainable, and does not exist in nature. The circular economy aims to create interconnected production networks at all levels, closer to ecosystems to replace the model of production chains with a single output. To design such systems, it is necessary to think of the industry as a whole to identify environmental flows and impacts, and to encourage collaboration between economic actors. Four strategies can be identified to move towards this ideal of a circular economy. Manage waste in closed loops This is our first strategy to aim for the circular economy. Nothing should come out of industries that are of no use to other actors. This goes through the recycling and recovery of co-products, points on which biomimicry can bring a lot of ideas to help recycle materials, enhance the flow of energy and materials from different actors, and to create eco-industrial systems. These initiatives, like the ones below, simultaneously improve the profitability of the activity and reduce its environmental footprint. One way to ensure that you produce recoverable waste is to go through bio-production, which uses the chemistry of life to create materials rather than methods based on petrochemistry, for example. We can thus create non-polluting and biocompatible alternatives. We can cite the work of researchers from the Institut Pascal de Clermont-Ferrand and IRSTEA who have developed a glue from shrimp and mushroom shells that uses agro waste-food and is itself biodegradable. Decrease losses It is often said in the field of sustainable development that the best waste is the one that has never been produced. Eco-design, one of the pillars of the circular economy, aims to reduce the need for materials and particularly non-renewable materials, as well as the waste emitted throughout the life of the product. In nature, we are advantaged if we only need resources that are easily and abundantly available. Similarly, being able to survive with little material intake makes it possible to withstand periods of scarcity. Nature is an expert in lightweight design: natural elements have every interest in limiting their mass, as resources are limited, and excessive mass hinders mobility. Woodpeckers, for example, have a skull that is very resistant to shocks, which allows them to dig into the wood with their beaks. This inspired helmets lighter that can absorb three times more energy on impact than conventional ones. Biomimicry is a powerful tool for eco-design, and very elegant design solutions abound in nature. Energy sobriety In living things, energy is the sinews of war. Trees are jostling to capture solar radiation first, animals are fighting for access to food. Among different bacteria that find an abundant source of food, the one that by its metabolism will be able, all other things being equal, to multiply with fewer nutrients, will see its population grow much faster than the others, and will end up suffocating its competitors. Generally, a specie that, in the same environment, needs more food to perform the same functions as another specie, has a disqualifying disadvantage in nature. The colossal stock of energy that humanity was suddenly able to exploit during the industrial revolution (with the exploitation of coal and then oil) made it possible to develop technologies that do not meet the criteria of sobriety and interdependence found in natural systems. Due to the great availability of resources, energy efficiency was not initially a major criterion in the development of these technologies, and even if this has changed a lot now, many technologies are still far from the capacities of living beings in terms of energy efficiency. energy efficiency and resilience or modularity (adaptation to changes). In a logic of circular economy, we must free ourselves from our dependence on non-renewable resources for our energy needs, which requires, among other things, better efficiency energy. Whether by improving the aerodynamics, with well-known examples like the Kingfisher-inspired Shinkansen or the Airbus Super Transporter inspired by the shape of the beluga, the network management or even the architecture, biomimicry is not at its first energy sobriety attempt. Dematerialization By offering the possibility of avoiding material support to carry information, IT makes it possible to avoid producing prototypes thanks to simulation, to optimize the management of complex systems in real time and to improve our understanding of them. In this sense, IT can be a powerful ally in reducing our environmental impact and organizing the multi-stakeholder cooperation necessary for the circular economy. Industries are equipped for example with digital twins, to simulate their production chains. This makes it possible to anticipate the consequences of disruptions, to test solutions virtually before implementing them physically, and overall to operate more efficiently. Dematerialization, however, relies on a physical medium: computing, that consumes energy (and its consumption increases by 9% each year), requests materials and generates waste. Given the growing importance of IT in the functioning of our societies and our daily lives, succeeding in making the sector more sustainable is a strategic challenge. Biomimicry offers opportunities to reduce the material and energy cost of storing and processing information. Harvard is researching the storage of information on DNA as in the living. This technology makes it possible to store 1000 times more data in the same volume as a conventional hard drive, using only bio-produced organic matter. Research on bio-inspired algorithms is also very active, and makes it possible to create elegant, energy-efficient solutions, inspired for example by our brain, which perform computational feats, simultaneously solving a wide variety of problems with only 20 Watts (the consumption of a small light bulb!). Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Computing with ZACK Eventually, we should succeed in producing fully renewable computers. In the meantime, we can already work, as a first step, to integrate a circular economy logic into IT. Solutions already exist to create electronic components from organic materials. You may have already heard of OLEDs, organic LEDs. Conventional LEDs use semiconductors often enriched with rare metals whose stocks are limited, whose extraction is very polluting and whose recycling is very rare. OLEDs achieve excellent performance while being fully recyclable and highly energy efficient: they surely represent the future of lighting. The span of bioinformatics aimed at using living processes to achieve operations rather than traditional electronic components, is a field of research in full explosion, but which still fits into long-term perspectives. The energy efficiency of biological systems makes them interesting in theory, but their implementation is currently too complex for them to be used on a large scale. We already have a lot of electronic equipment in circulation. Surely you have some somewhere that you no longer use and we have a proposal allowing you to participate directly in the circular economy! The waste of all these electronic components, which at best are forgotten in drawers and at worst end up polluting the environment, is gigantic. Based on this observation, three innovators, Timothée Mével, a graduate of Supaéro and Polytechnique, Casimir de Hauteclocque, a Ponts et Chaussée engineer and Pierre-Emmanuel Saint-Esprit, a graduate of ESSEC, met in Berkeley where they collaborated to found their start-up ZACK. ZACK is already the French leader in the management of second-hand electronic products and makes it possible to recover abandoned devices with less effort. The initiative by ZACK fits perfectly into the logic of the circular economy, by creating an actor who will take charge of electronic products that no longer work and reintroduce them into the economy, just as decomposers make the molecules of living beings available to the ecosystem. ZACK has already put 800 tons of electronic components back into circulation since its creation in 2016. ZACK also gives the opportunity to promote its old appliances with a minimum of procedures, since the company resells the components at auction in less than a month. Their customers are often surprised to know the value of their electronic devices, even out of use. Combining ecological gesture and economic gain while making participation as simple as possible, this is what allows ZACK to participate in changes in consumption patterns and the fight against planned obsolescence. We believe it's essential that as many people as possible hear about these initiatives that can give everyone a role in transforming the way we live and the establishment of a circular economy. To give an order of magnitude, each year an amount of 50 million tons of e-waste are generated, and only 20% that are recycled. This waste pollutes the soil and groundwater, while it represents an annual value of $62.5 billion (a little more than the GDP of Croatia), and a ton of this waste contains more gold than a ton of gold ore before processing. Suffice to say that ZACK still has its work cut out for it, and they're just waiting for you to put all your old phones, computers, clock radios, music players back into circulation. It's good for the planet, good for us, and it's the kind of initiatives we need more than ever to achieve a sustainable and circular economy!

  • Biomimetic sensors : Top 5 of the most interesting detectors

    The multiple senses of life inspire sensors for detection tools and interactive technologies. Here is the “Top 5 bio-inspired sensors” developed by Bioxegy experts! Sensor and biomimicry: technology that makes sense! The detection is an essential tool for living beings to know and interact with their environment. If the human being has nine senses (and not five!) to do this, the living has developed and adapted many others. These senses now inspire sensors that support the development of detection tools and interactive technologies. Sensor 1: an explosives sensor inspired by the Mulberry Bombyx Bombix mori, the domestic silk moth (the adult silkworm) has an overpowering sense of smell: the male is able to detect his sexual partners from 16 km away! This capacity is essential to its survival: the moth only lives 15 days in the form of a butterfly, and reproduction is then its only activity (it does not even feed!). Its performance is explained by the operation of its antennas. They are covered with eyelashes with a porous structure to present a maximum surface to the pheromones which come to adhere to them. Researchers from the University of Strasbourg, the CNRS and the Institut Saint-Louis have developed a sensor inspired by the antennae of the Bombyx to detect TNT. The interest of this sensor? His performance. According to the first tests carried out in the laboratory, the device would be able to detect concentrations up to 0.8 ppt (part by trillion = 10¹⁸), a billion times more accurate than other existing sensors. He also outperforms trained dogs! Researchers are currently working on the transposition of this bio-inspired sensor to allow the detection of all types of molecules, in particular explosives and toxic chemical agents. Sensor 2: a forest fire sensor inspired by pyrophilic insects The Amazon, Australia, California: the flames have spared no area of the globe in recent years. If the flora is mostly destroyed, the fauna is not affected as much! And for good reason: some animals are able to detect forest fires. It is even a vital ability for some insects. The beetle Melanophila acuminata, also called fire bug, lays its eggs only on burnt trunks. It has a specialized organ to locate its egg-laying sites, making it able to detect a burnt tree at 1 km and a forest fire at 100 km! Some German researchers were inspired by its infrared detectors to design an ultra-efficient forest fire sensor that reproduces the mechanisms of living organisms! They studied the infrared detection organs of several pyrophilic insects to understand how they work. Their understanding allowed them to design a new biomimetic sensor. This sensor is 80 times more powerful than others on the market. Enough to spot fires much earlier to better protect forests. That's how nature is well done! Sensor 3: an earthquake sensor inspired by the elephant As with forest fires, wildlife is generally spared the ravages of earthquakes and tsunamis. Here again, they are able to sense danger coming in time to get to safety. And once again, these kinds of abilities would serve us well! Elephants are very good at this: their mass offers them a reserved channel of communication: that of seismic waves. They can thus communicate over very long distances. Researchers from the The University of Bristol and Oxford studied these vibrations to prove that it was possible to determine the behavior of these giants (walking, running, and even gurgling!) according to the waves emitted, evidence of the potential richness of these exchanges. To decode these messages, elephants have several tools at their disposal: a fatty cushion in their legs which allows them to feel these vibrations, bones which are excellent conductors of vibration, a trunk equipped with Pacini corpuscles (sensor of very fine movement) and ears which are specialized in low frequencies. NASA is currently developing a fly-eye-inspired sensor to detect seismic vibrations, and these searches provide an interesting new alternative. If we still need to improve our understanding of these mechanisms to develop a new bio-inspired sensor, this research is also useful to us in the development of technologies that absorb or amplify vibrations. Sensor 4: a sugar sensor inspired by a white butterfly Do you know the cabbage butterfly or small white, scientifically known as Pieris rapae. It bears this name in honor of the Pierides, muses of Greek mythology and the kohlrabi, on which the butterfly likes to lay its eggs. This time, it is not one of the senses of this animal that interests us but the white color of its wings! Like its cousin the Morpho butterfly, with iridescent blue, this color is not due to pigments as in most living beings, but to the structure of its wings. The basic structure of the wing consists of a layer of black pigments surmounted by a grid. It is this configuration that makes the black spots on its wings. On the rest of the wing, the whiteness is created by nanoscale balls (10⁻⁹m) hung on the grid. They make the white color appear by reflecting the incident light. How does this structure create a sensor? When molecules land on the beads, the trajectory of the light waves is deflected and the color changes. Researchers from the EPFL in Switzerland, have reproduced the structure of the wings with polymers. When wet, their wing turns black. How to make it a sensor! But, their transposition does not stop there! In truth, the perceived color will depend on the refractive index of the medium where the structure is located. The refractive index of a sugar solution varies according to the sugar concentration, it can be determined according to the color of the sensor! Interest? In the food industry, it is necessary to measure the sucrose content of certain products, like wine. This biomimetic sensor offers a “low-tech” alternative to the refractometers usually used. Sensor 5: an obstacle sensor inspired by the bat The bat is well known for its ability to locate itself in space at night. Its hunting strategy, involving the use of ultrasound, allows it to locate its prey and assess its movement in complete darkness. For humans, sight is the most used sense: our eyes are therefore our primary sensor. Unfortunately, not all our fellow citizens have the chance to observe their environment. Never mind: in the absence of an eagle's view, they can use that of the bat! This is indeed the challenge that the company Ultracane has set itself: a cane for the visually impaired with ultrasonic sensor. Thanks to this sensor, they can detect obstacles on the ground up to 4 meters (depending on the established setting). Second significant advantage of this sensor: detect obstacles in height up to 1.5m away. So here is a small overview of the best existing biomimetic sensors. But, there are many more! These sensors are particularly useful in the field of robotics: they make it possible to create detection robots. By combining the capacities of living things, it is possible to develop robots with various properties, such as this leak detection robot whose movement is inspired by the jellyfish, the body of the octopus, and the sensor of the blind tetra!

  • The dromedary, our desert ally

    The dromedary is one of the animals best adapted to the desert. From head to toe through its hump, this makes it an ally of choice to accompany the man in the desert. Discover the incredible tricks of the dromedary to survive in the desert! Camel, who are you? Dromedary or camel? The scientific name of camel is camelus dromedarius. And yes, the dromedary is actually… a camel! More specifically, the dromedary, also called the Arabian camel, and the (Bactrian) camel are part of the same genus, but have differences that make them two distinct species. The most famous of these differences is of course their number of humps: if the camel has two, the dromedary is satisfied with a single hump. The dromedary indeed lives in the hot deserts, in the Sahara or Arabia, while the camel undergoes the cold winters of the Asian deserts, in Mongolia or China for example. It would therefore seem that from two bumps, representing two energy reserves, the dromedary has evolved into a simpler form with a single bump, sufficient and therefore more effective. Mark of this evolution, during its gestation the dromedary has two bumps which will merge before its birth! Just like between the horse and the donkey, a hybridization is possible between the dromedary and the camel: the hybrid is named Turkoman. Due to their distinct geographical areas, hybridization is only possible in farms. The camel family, the camelids, also includes llamas and guanacos, alpacas and vicuñas. These American cousins are also adapted to arid conditions, those of the Andes Cordillera rather than deserts. Famous “vessel of the desert” alongside man for millennia The dromedary is extremely well adapted to the desert. Its famous bump is a symbol of her adaptation. It is often thought of as a simple water supply, but the reality is more complex and much more interesting than that! The dromedary's hump is actually made up of fat, and therefore serves both as a water reserve and as an energy source. Water is not stored in liquid form directly, but can be recovered by the body when needed thanks to specific physiological reactions that do not exist in other animals. The dromedary can thus not drink for two weeks! On the other hand, when he finds a water point he is on the contrary able to drink in one go a quantity of water that would kill any other mammal... Furthermore, grouping all the fat together in a single bump rather than distributing it more evenly also has advantages in terms of thermoregulation: the absence of fat under its skin allows it to cool itself more effectively at night. The viable internal temperatures of the dromedary are also impressive: where we humans must always maintain our temperature around 37°C, it is normal for a dromedary to see its internal temperature vary from 34°C to 42°C. depending on the outside temperature. This 8°C amplitude allows it to save a lot of energy, a major asset for survival in the desert. Men made no mistake about it and very quickly sought to domesticate the dromedary, at least 3,000 years ago. The wild ancestor of the dromedary also disappeared following this domestication, unlike for example the wild guanaco which continues to exist alongside the domesticated llama. The dromedary renders many services to the men. Its most famous use is undoubtedly its participation in the caravans that have crisscrossed the Sahara since antiquity. Capable of carrying 140 kg and traveling 50 km a day in the desert, camels made these caravans the only efficient way to transport goods from one end of Africa to the other for a long time. The appearance of maritime trade, then the introduction of motor vehicles, of course diminished the importance, size and frequency of these caravans. However, the dromedary is still used as a pack animal and remains one of the most reliable means of transport in the Sahara. And that's not all ! Very versatile, and the only animal to survive in the desert, the dromedary offers many possibilities. Its meat and the milk of females provide a welcome food source in the desert. Its adaptation to the desert could also be used for military purposes, as during Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign for example. And still today, unexpected uses are emerging, such as itinerant camel-back libraries or its use for garbage collection. Finally, camels are also racing animals. Their name alone comes from the Greek dromeus, which means runner. Some breeds were selected more for their speed than their pack abilities, and large camel races continue to be held today, for example in the United Arab Emirates or Oman. These races are even listed on the intangible cultural heritage of Unesco. Camel and biomimicry Man's lifelong companion, the dromedary is our ally also indirectly thanks to the innovations it inspires us. The dromedary and its nose, a great thermoregulator To survive in the extreme heat conditions of the Sahara, the dromedary has sophisticated thermal regulation and water preservation systems. In addition to his bump, his respiratory system also plays an important role. It takes advantage of the low night temperatures to store water in the mucus of its nose. When day comes with its very high temperatures, this water cools the air it inspires by evaporation. Heat transfers are favored by the very large surface of its nasal canals. This operation has inspired the development of an air conditioning system for buildings in the desert which can reduce the indoor temperature by 5°C and increase the indoor humidity by 20% during the day. This system can be used for greenhouses in the desert and allow cultivation where it seems impossible. This is just an example among others of what biomimicry can do for agriculture! Camel's feet, or how not to get stuck in the sand Have you ever tried driving on sand? Not easy not to get bogged down… And what if biomimicry gave a boost to automotive ? The dromedary does not have hooves: its feet are more suited to loose sand than to surfaces that are too hard. Their concave shape, that is to say hollow inside, concentrates the sand towards the inside of the foot. This compacts the soft ground, making it easier to move and avoid sinking into it. Reproducing this concavity on tires makes it possible to design tires that are more efficient on sand and reduce the energy needed to advance in the desert. Camel nictitating membrane and sensor cleaning Faced with sandstorms, the dromedary must protect his eyes so as not to lose his sight. One of these protections is its nictitating eyelid. This third eyelid provides effective protection against sand, and ensures eye cleaning that saves tears, and therefore water. Bioxegy was inspired by this to design a camera cleaning system using 10 times less water than usual systems! More details on this project carried out with a major French automotive supplier here. Conclusion Thanks to its incredible adaptation to the desert, the dromedary has been able to make itself indispensable for men for millennia. And thanks to biomimicry, this long love story is far from over! Sources: https://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/Dromedary Camel's nose strategy : New innovative architectural application for desert buildings Camels and Fennec Foxes: A Case Study on Biologically Inspired Design of Sand Traction Systems

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  • Biomimicry: explore a whole new universe of innovation through the living

    Analysis of the sector’s innovation potential Explore a whole new universe of innovation through the living. Bioxegy Biomimétisme The rise of innovation through biomimicry: the Da Vinci Index Biomimicry continues to attract curiosity in the world of innovation , whether it is researchers, R&D engineers or even CSR departments,… The Da Vinci Index , is an indicator developed by the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute in the United States, it quantifies innovation through biomimicry in the world, taking into account the number of scientific publications, patents and the amount of research funding in the field. The figures speak for themselves: between 2000 and 2019, the number of publications increased 10-fold globally (and 100-fold in China!), while the number of patents grew by +740% over the same period. + Evolution of the amount of biomimetic research papers from 1995 à 2018 Indian Institut of Technology Report Building on its success, biomimicry now expresses its potential beyond the boundaries of the academic sphere. Indeed, it has been developing little by little since the 2010s, with renewed interest in 2020, in the R&D departments of many manufacturers - ranging from start-ups to multinationals , passing through the tissues of SMEs and ETIs . Moreover, in collaboration with the R&D departments of large industrial groups, Bioxegy imagines, designs and develops cutting-edge bio-inspired technologies, adapted to the different technical challenges they encounter. Discover the benefits of biomimicry in these different sectors of activity below : Industrial sectors The benefits of innovations through biomimicry for the environment To answer to the constraints to which it is subject, the living must optimise its processes, mechanisms and structures. Over the course of evolution, the most efficient systems given the constraints of their environment have thrived and survived, leaving us with an inexhaustible source of inspiration and able to respond to most industrial issues encountered. There are many key elements in the success and potential of biomimicry for innovation. In essence, living organisms tend to optimise all factors (weight-resistance ratio, energy cost, thermal regulation, multifunctionality, etc.) while the industry aims to maximise one or more defined parameters (rarity of a material, possibility of machining, etc.) to the detriment of others. We see, for example, that living things produce many different materials from very few chemical elements (CHNOPS: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur) assembled into complex structures while industrially, we find many simple structures but with many different chemical elements (the entire periodic table, including current issues with the use of rare earths). In this context, 3D printing has greatly contributed to the development of biomimicry by making it possible to intelligently develop structures inspired by life, that are more complex and material-saving. In short, the solutions developed by living organisms very frequently combine high performance, low production cost and multifunctionality. Drawing on the wisdom and intelligence of living know-how and thus reconciling technological progress and sustainability, this is our vision at Bioxegy. Biomimicry 3.8 was able to identify and transpose the major principles of life (these global strategic models found in the species that survive and thrive on Earth) into the principles of biomimicry. This outlines basic rules linked to biomimetic design and which allow biomimicry to be part of the principles of sustainable development established by the UN . Biomimicry's principles by Biomimicry 3.8 According to a report from BIS Institute on biomimicry in 2018, in the United States, biomimicry would save a value of 50 billion dollars in terms of conserved resources and CO2 not emitted by 2025. In 2030, this could represent 500 billion dollars globally. Innovation through biomimicry is already showing interesting results, in particular thanks to technologies making it possible to reduce the environmental impact or even to capture carbon, such as biomineralisation . It is precisely this mission that the European program CSTO2NE, which Bioxegy is apart of, leads to: a real interdisciplinary scientific collaboration project with the aim of identifying innovative and sustainable carbon absorption solutions, in particular through the formation of stable and resistant materials with important added value for the industry. Biomimicry's innovation potential and its growth As we have seen, biomimicry is a promising R&D and innovation method whose relevance to environmental issues and sustainable development is only reinforced. And it doesn’t stop there! Indeed, biomimicry is seen as a real lever for economic development in the coming years. By 2030, biomimicry could represent nearly 425 billion dollars per year of America's GDP (or 1.8%) and 2 million jobs in the United States. The predicted impact of bio-inspired innovation on employment in 2030 in the United States In South Korea, according to the Journal of Ecological Economics , the local development of bio-inspired technologies will represent nearly 62 billion dollars and 650,000 new jobs by 2035, and almost 382 billion in 2050 (i.e. 18% of its GDP). A national policy, launched in 2019, encourages the R&D development of bio-inspired technologies and the training of tomorrow's biomimetic engineers . The relevance of biomimicry and its potential growth is perceived by a growing number of countries, in particular by China whose government recently deployed substantial financial aid to support bio-inspired projects in the fields of design and architecture. China's growth in biomimicry is therefore 10 times faster than average ! ​ At the global level, the report of BIS Institute predicts that biomimicry could constitute trilllions of dollars of GDP , so more than half of the global automotive sector. ​ Confined to the development of strategies of highly industrialised countries, this potential for innovation could also be fully realised in developing countries where biomimicry today is still insufficiently considered and studied at its true value. Many countries in Latin America, Central Africa and South-East Asia, representing a large part of the world's biodiversity, have not yet fully exploited the potential of biomimicry, whose long-term economic and environmental benefits are estimated by the Journal of Ecological Economics . Biomimicry: a vector of the 6th wave of innovation After the digital revolution of the last 30 years, many researchers see biomimicry as a vector of the new technological and industrial revolution, it was also identified as one of the 8 vectors of the emergence of the sixth wave of innovation. In France, the CNRS (National Scientific Research Center) also mentionned biomimicry in its strategic priority areas in 2020. ​ Indeed, biomimicry is a promising field, given the number of disciplines involved and the diversity of subjects. Its heterogeneous nature also induces a plurality of solutions possible and conceivable, and just as many implementation methods. Its ability to respond intelligently to a very wide variety of technical issues therefore makes it a perfect candidate to support a world in the midst of change and whose constraints are increasing drastically from year to year. Biomimicry's innovative potential supports the development of Bioxegy For 5 years, our company has been growing and developing. Indeed, from year to year our total revenue doubles while our confidence is affirmed with large industrial groups from around twenty sectors, implementing to date nearly 80 ambitious R&D projects. Our success is due to the development of unique expertise and methodologies in Europe as well as our motivation , thoroughness and the diverse profiles on our team which has increased tenfold since its beginnings. ​ We discern relevant biological mechanisms capable of responding to the major industrial issues encountered by our partners, then transpose these principles to develop new biomimetic concepts whose maturity we are gradually increasing. The progressive feeding of our database , collecting to date nearly 1500 bio-inspired technologies , allows us to enrich our knowledge and become more efficient as our projects progress. Our modus operandi at Bioxegy 01 02 Submission of the industrial challenge(s) Our partner submits to us one or several industrial challenges, in the form of a specific problem (pain point), an incremental innovation need or a more prospective and broad issue. Biomimetic Research & Investigations Our teams conduct research to identify, study and select one or more Biological Reference System(s) , candidate biological models likely to provide a solution to the challenge(s), complemented by a technological watch . 04 03 (Co-) Development of technological maturity The Biomimetic Pre-Concept first takes the form of an outline project (Minimum Viable Concept, TRL 1 to 3 on average). We then co-develop the biomimetic technology with our partners to reach TRL 6 (Proof-of-Concept / MVP). Design of the bio-inspired technology Our teams transpose the Biological System into an applicable and viable technological system: this is the design and developmental work of an applicative biomimetic technology, answering the initial challenge. To learn more about our expertise : Our biomimetic R&D expertise This expertise is also recognised at the national level (in France): First prize for industrial innovation in 2019 Top 35 most promising Greentech start-ups in France in 2022 Young Innovative Company Status (in France) And international: Top 5 most promising start-ups in biomimicry in 2020 . Industrial partners are also more and more convinced by our approach and method. Their commitment is that much stronger when the projects present promising results. With a SMEs in the Construction field , we have filed a patent in 2022, while we multiply and diversify projects with large groups like Safran, Thales, Valeo and Airbus. Come and discover our other projects in more depth, below: Discover our projects The potential of biomimicry as an R&D method and as an economic field is strong and the research results reveal their promise in an applied manner in the R&D departments of manufacturers. So, don’t wait any longer and jump in with us into this wonderful of innovative and technical adventure that is biomimicry.

  • Le biomimétisme pour relever les défis du secteur automobile | Bioxegy

    Biomimicry: nature, industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things Industry 4.0 constitutes the 4th industrial revolution, and is based on the IoT (Internet Of Things). It consists of connecting technologies to reorganise global production . The Industry 4.0 market has been valued at $115 billion in 2021 and could achieve $377 billion by 2029 ! DIAGNOSTIC Our industries are inseparable from our societies, because they are the ones that produce the majority of goods consumed t oday. Facing the emergence of the digital industry and the consumer's desire for personalised products , they must adapt to stay competitive . Like every revolution, Industry 4.0 comes with its own set of societal and environmental challenges . Among these challenges, ecological risks are the most concerning. For example, emissions related to the French industry represent in France nearly 20% of greenhouse gas emissions of the country, and the digital sector represents 2% (7% estimated by 2040). Increase in the flow of data to be processed, new real/digital world interfaces, new means of communication between the various actors, ... How to link industry 4.0 and sustainability? Biomimicry is a relevant and versatile approach to provide a solution. Biomimicry and Industry 4.0 : Bioxegy shows you how biomimicry can reimagine the industry of the future Nature and ecosystems as a whole are high-performing systems with a variety of actors. Within ecosystems, a large number of living beings are in constant contact with each other, like the various players in our industries. It is thus possible to draw inspiration from nature at the level of living organisms, but also of ecosystems and behaviors. For example, social animals communicate effectively and can solve complex problems simply. Finally, some insects feed on biological waste emitted by other living beings, which can inspire waste recycling solutions. As an expert in biomimetic innovation in France and Europe, Bioxegy shows you how bio-inspired R&D is a major asset in terms of innovation for Industry 4.0, thanks to a set of particularly suitable biomimetic application possibilities. Here are some examples: ​ In Industry 4.0, the axes of biomimetic interest apply to the following issues: Algorithmic Robotics Energy saving Sensors and optical Flow management and optimisation AI Design systems Biomimicry and Industry 4.0: presentation of some promising fields of application Testimonials & Projects Biomimicry & 3D printing Découvrir Biomimicry, detection and information processing: shaping the embedded systems of the future Découvrir Discover one of our reference projects By working with a consortium of leading French players in mobility and IoT, Bioxegy has studied topics such as long-range obstacle detection:

  • Bioxegy : Nous Rejoindre

    Join us When nature's ingenuity inspires the innovations of the future Up Bioxegy's mission Bioxegy is the French specialist in biomimicry. This unique R&D approach consists in drawing inspiration from the ingenuity of the mechanisms and properties of nature to innovate. Faced with contemporary industrial challenges, nature offers us 3.8 billion years of evolution and sophistication. It is a real source of optimised and sustainable solutions, which still remains to be exploited. Founded in 2018, Bioxegy is part of the European pioneers of this approach. Our mission is to imagine, design and develop bio-inspired technologies for numerous industrial applications: automotive, watchmaking, energy, rail transport, infrastructure, agri-food, aeronautics and defense, luxury, etc. What we are looking for Bioxonauts are explorers of the future. Curious by nature, they imagine new technologies and set off to discover natural achievements to solve varied and complex industrial challenges. Bioxegy seeks daring, proactive and creative minds. What unites the team? A healthy dose of ambition, a love for teamwork, a benevolent attitude , a pronounced scientific and technological appetite . And above all, the pleasure of trying, of persevering and of succeeding (or failing for that matter). To take part in the adventure, you can come from a major engineering school, business school, or another sector, you speak French and English fluently, and above all: you are looking for a job with meaning and you like to think freely and differently. Biomimicry: new industrial Eldorado? Our vision At Bioxegy , we give meaning to technological design and development. We see our team as innovators, aware of the bridges between the wisdom of nature and the challenges of the industrial world. We are idealistic in our ambitions to reconcile technology and nature, but pragmatic in our approach. Bioxegy pays particular attention to the progression and the development of its Bioxonauts (including interns). Regular feedback points, as well as targeted training, are organised to ensure development and an increase in skills corresponding to everyone's aspirations. In addition, the collective spirit and atmosphere are essential: themed afterworks are organised regularly, and our commercial victories and anniversaries are celebrated with the whole team. If you think you share this vision, join us in our quest to bring to life a sustainable future, inspired by nature and shaped by human ingenuity. Together, we can spread and systematise innovation through biomimicry, and make it a common and viable response to global challenges. ​ Don’t hesitate to check out our offers via the button below! ​ Grande Arche de la Défense 1 Parvis de la Défense 92800 Puteaux CONSULT OUR OFFERS

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