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Tracing Aluminium back to the Golden Age of Aviation

It might baffle you but about 80% of a modern aircraft is made from Aluminium. Yes, the same silvery metal which you find on your window frames, bicycles and that foil you wrap your sandwich with. When an aircraft designer embarks on a plan to make a plane, there are a million things which come at play. However, everything else falls into place around three main conditions – a light-weight body, a rust-free durable frame, and high fuel efficiency. A metal that checks all the boxes is Aluminium.
Our readers might already know that aluminium was already being used for building aviation vehicles before the Wright brothers used it to make their first manned flight. In the late 19th century, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin used it to make the frames of his famous Zeppelin airships.
Let’s wind back a bit in history and follow the journey of aviation through the lens of the 'Strategic Metal'.
On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the world’s first human flight with their air…

Aluminium makes solar power super affordable!

In a world obsessed with fossil fuel for energy, the choice for renewable sources become an important decision to take for our planet and our future. The developing economies of India and China which are growing at an unprecedented rate consume natural fuel in gigantic proportions. The government and the organisations in these nations have assumed responsibility for this and are taking measures to curb the trail of our collective carbon footprint. Solar energy is a renewable form of energy which is plentifully available and does not damage the environment at all.
Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity. There are two important ways of achieving this. The first method is through concentrated solar power systems using lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. The second is through Photovoltaic cells convert light into an electric current using the photovoltaic effect.
In 2014, The International Energy Agency estimated th…