The team for polymers and textiles has focused on developing unique coatings and infusion products to help reduce the increasing threats from external and internal fires – threats to people, buildings and the environment. Unlike many fire retardants in use today, all FSI products are certified as non-toxic for humans and the environment.
FSI is developing a range of fire detection and suppression products and services with the support of UNSW and a range of industry partners including Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG). The initial service now ready for deployment is a novel Cladding Monitoring System (CMS) to detect fire as soon is occurs on combustible cladding which is used extensively on Australian residential, commercial and government buildings. Other products under development include an integrated fire detection and suppression system that is non-toxic and safe for humans and the environment. This system will be initially targeting Defence and civil maritime applications.
UNSW and FSI are collaborating with a range of industry partners on a CRC-P 8 grant project to develop a novel, fire proof solar membrane suitable to be retrofitted to the sides of buildings, inside windows and infrastructure with large vertical surfaces. This solar ‘skin’ uses an alternative perovskite technology which offers manufacturing and environmental sustainability advantages over conventional silicon technology as well as being able to better harvest solar energy from ambient and reflected sunlight.