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Advanced Coatings for Offshore Renewable ENergy

Objectif

In spite of the considerable development in the field of marine protective coatings, there is still significant room for improvement. Very long lasting (20+ yrs) coating systems that offer reliable protection against corrosion/biofouling or corrosion/cavitation, and which also avoid the need for supplementary cathodic protection are not available. The need for such coatings is acute in the case of static offshore structures, where dry docking is not an option. The growth part of this market relates to new build structures ranging from offshore wind turbine foundations to ocean energy devices.

The SMEs proposing the ACORN project are interested in an alternative, highly differentiated and patentable technical solution to the above problem. The project will develop a new, patentable and long-lasting solution to the problem of marine biofouling, offering specific advantages for static offshore structures such as wind turbine towers and ocean energy generators. The new technology could also be extended to shipping in the longer term.

ACORN will take advantage of the proven long-term corrosion resistance of thermally sprayed aluminium (TSA) to provide a matrix coating with a proven life of 20+ years in the sea. Into this porous TSA matrix, the ACORN research team proposes to introduce islands of environmentally friendly antifouling substances which can then be gradually exposed at the active surface of the coating as the TSA corrodes away at 10µm per year.

This will result in an entirely new, non-paint, approach to the long term protection of offshore structures. In addition to this, the project will also develop and prove a corrosion and cavitation-resistant coating with a 10+ year design life, suitable for tidal energy generators.

Appel à propositions

FP7-SME-2013
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Régime de financement

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinateur

TWI LIMITED
Adresse
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom

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Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Alicia Gomez Sanchez (Ms.)
Contribution de l’UE
€ 74 676

Participants (6)

ALPHATEK HYPERFORMANCE COATINGS LTD
United Kingdom
Contribution de l’UE
€ 286 808,40
Adresse
Bolton Road North Unit A5
BL0 0NE Ramsbottom Bury

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Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Steven Greenwood (Mr.)
DESARROLLO Y GESTION INDUSTRIAL Y DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE SA
Espagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 289 576,90
Adresse
Avda. Juan Carlos I 2
39600 Maliaño

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Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Luis San Segundo (Mr.)
TOCARDO INTERNATIONAL BV
Pays-Bas
Contribution de l’UE
€ 149 531,75
Adresse
Sluiskolkkade 2
1779 GP Den Oever

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Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Radboud Van Kleef (Mr.)
FUNDACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DE COMPONENTES
Espagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 43 680
Adresse
Calle Isabel Torres Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Cantabria Ptccan 1
39011 Santander

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Type d’activité
Research Organisations
Contact administratif
Beatriz Sancristóbal Marcano (Ms.)
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Suède
Contribution de l’UE
€ 39 300,80
Adresse
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg

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Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif
Maria Enge (Dr.)
WAVE DRAGON APS
Danemark
Contribution de l’UE
€ 152 426,15
Adresse
Blegdamsvej 4
2200 Copenhagen N

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Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Lise Hermansen (Ms.)