A global search for the next composite App-lication

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About the Composite App Challenge

The Owens Corning Composite App Challenge is designed to tap the planet’s best thinking for ideas and solutions that can expand the use of composite materials.

As a leading global producer of glass fiber reinforcements and fabrics, Owens Corning is working on lots of potential applications that will benefit from using composite materials. At the same time, we don’t want to rely solely on our own thinking so we are offering awards for ideas and solutions that can expand the use of composites in four categories addressing some of society’s pressing issues.

We are offering a $200,000 development award for a composite solution that can be introduced in 2012 and four cash awards for other ideas. One $20,000 cash award is for anyone and three $10,000 awards are reserved specifically for university students.

Entries are invited in four categories addressing some of society’s pressing issues:

Infrastructure Durability

Long-lasting infrastructure is critical to clean drinking water and preventing bridges, streets and buildings from crumbling and having to be replaced. Composites are corrosion resistant and can help build a more durable and sustainable future.

Fuel Efficiency

Cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships need less fuel when they’re lighter. Composites can play a key role in reducing weight and improving energy efficiency.

Renewable Energy

The world desperately needs a diversified portfolio of renewable energy resources to protect our planet and ensure future supplies. Wind energy is not practical without composites and they can enable many other renewable energy technologies as well.

Protection from Harm

Around the world, soldiers are putting their lives at risk in combat scenarios that demand protection from more lethal ammunition. Composite materials have proven their ability to provide a light-weight shield in the line of fire.

Participants must submit ideas or solutions online at this Web site by July 15, 2010. Up to 20 total entrants will be invited to provide additional information for a second round of review in November. Eight finalists will then be invited to present their ideas to the judges. Winners will be announced in February 2011 during the trade show hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

Submit your idea today! You could help make the world a better place.