Biomimetics as a path to save the environment: Beehives

Biomimetics or biomimicry is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems.

Biomimetics could in principle be applied in many fields. Because of the complexity of biological systems, the number of features that might be imitated is large. Some examples of biomimetic applications at various stages of development from prototypes to technologies that might become commercially usable include:

Spider web silk is as strong as the Kevlar used in bulletproof vests. Engineers could in principle use such a material, if it could be reengineered to have a long enough life, for parachute lines, suspension bridge cables, artificial ligaments for medicine, and other purposes. Other research has proposed adhesive glue from mussels, solar cells made like leaves, fabric that emulates shark skin, harvesting water from fog like a beetle, and more. Murray’s law, which in conventional form determined the optimum diameter of blood vessels, has been re-derived to provide simple equations for the pipe or tube diameter which gives a minimum mass engineering system. Aircraft wing design and flight techniques are being inspired by birds and bats.

In the beginning of the year Lorenzburg signed the Alcatraz Environmental Treaty, which among other things demand working actively to save pollinating insect species from extinction.

Lorenzburg has a vision of creating biomimetic sculptural beehives in order to help the local bee population but also in order to beautify the principality. We hope to see the result in functional art: aesthetically pleasing sculptures that simultaneously serve e practical purpose and helps the environment. We are looking to initiate collaborations with universities and The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth in order to develop and produce sustainable and aesthetic sculptures that is also inviting to bees and bumblebees!

Concept Art: Biomimetic "beehives" that imitate forms, patterns and materials from nature.
Concept Art: Biomimetic “beehives” that imitate forms, patterns and materials from nature.