Mustafa Erol, Faculty Member at Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) has achieved to develop a technology providing more heat with less energy than its counterparts in the US and South Korea, based on a low voltage system developed and defended with a doctorate PhD dissertation titled “Heat Emitting Polymeric Materials” in 2011, developed a technology with a dissertation on.
Scientist Erol developed flexible fiber-emitting fibers resistant to corrosion and breakage, as an alternative to heating on fabric conducted with resistance wires.
With this scientific achievement, Erol won the Elginkan Foundation Technology Award. Erol founded a company named İltema with his partner Ayhan Prepol at Dokuz Eylül University’s Technology Development Zone (DEPARK).
Receiving Demands from All Over the World
Introduction last year for the first time, the product started receiving demands from other countries, and it was exported for the use of the German army in diving clothes.
Having signed a protocol with a British company for marketing the fabric, the company is now carrying out projects to develop seat heating pads with a company in Turkey that produces car seats. In addition, the company developed a heated snow tarp upon request from Kazakhstan.
The company partner Ayhan Prepol said that they first applied the fabric to blankets, waist belts, shoe soles, sleeping bags, electric blankets, beds, baby pushchairs and blanket products for disabled vehicles. Prepol noted, “We made our first fabric export to Germany. We started production with a protocol for 250 thousand Euro per year. We will also start exporting to the UK soon.” Stressing that they are planning to produce the fabric with wider capabilities, Prepol added that the product was also tested by Turkish defense industry companies. Reminding that the heat conducting fibers are woven with yarns, and the fabric structure does not have any problem with deterioration, corrosion or breakage, Erol added, “We can manufacture heating products in all environments where temperature is needed to remain below 100 degrees. We first applied it to climbing clothes, and we developed a vest. We can heat it for 8 hours with 7.2 volt 6000 milliamp batteries, which occasionally we have achieved to increase up to 11-12 hours. Lastly, we received a request from a domestic company producing car seats. Since electric cars are heated without engine temperature, heat can be generated by the heat emitting fibers embedded in seats and upholstery.”