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AkzoNobel Joins European Project SEAFRONT to Develop Eco Friendly Marine Coatings

Published on 2014-01-28. Author : SpecialChem

AkzoNobel has joined SEAFRONT (Synergistic Fouling Control Technologies), a project within the Seventh Framework Program of the European Commission, to develop environmentally friendly fouling control coatings for boats, ships, tidal power plants and other aquatic installations. The coatings will be designed to improve operational efficiency, substantially reduce CO2 emissions and have no negative impact on the marine ecosystem. The Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) is the other main contractor of the project.

The fouling control coatings to be developed within the project will not leach chemical or other harmful substances that are non-biodegradable in the marine environment. In addition, the coatings will reduce the hydrodynamic resistance of ships and boats, decreasing fuel consumption and thus substantially reducing CO2 emissions. Finally, the new coatings will lead to considerable savings in operational costs by improving the efficiency of tidal power installations and reducing the frequency of maintenance and cleaning in offshore infrastructure and aquaculture applications.

The SEAFRONT project will be implemented within the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) under the Ocean of Tomorrow call. Five multinationals, seven SMEs and seven research institutes spread across eight EU Member States will work together to achieve the goals within the four-year timeframe. DPI is the project coordinator and International Paint Ltd., a business unit of AkzoNobel and a world leader in the field of fouling control coatings, will bring any new coatings based on technology developed within the project to the market. In focusing on the delivery of sustainable products and solutions, the goals of this project perfectly complement the strategic ambitions of AkzoNobel. The project budget amounts to €11.2 million including €8 million from the European Commission.

In addition to the development of environmentally friendly coatings, SEAFRONT aims to significantly enhance the fundamental understanding of fouling organisms and the mechanisms of settlement and adhesion. Particular attention will be paid to a better understanding of marine biofilm or so-called marine slime. This part of the research will be led by Professor Tony Clare of Newcastle University (UK), an internationally renowned marine biologist. The insights gained in these studies will enable SEAFRONT to develop concepts and technologies for enhanced performance, the ultimate goal being a completely non-fouling surface.

Jacques Joosten, Managing Director of DPI, said of the project: "We are very pleased with the start of SEAFRONT, the third project to be coordinated by DPI within the Seventh Framework Program. By initiating and coordinating such projects we create added value for our current and future industrial and academic partners."

David Williams, RD&I Director, AkzoNobel Marine & Protective Coatings commented: “We are both delighted and excited to be part of SEAFRONT, which provides a collaborative framework for us to innovate openly with our partners within the project

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is one of the leading global paints and coatings companies and one of the major producers of specialty chemicals. They supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for their customers. Their portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, they are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, their 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of their fast-changing world.

Source: AkzoNobel


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