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Air Induced friction Reducing ship COATing

Objective

The overall goal of AIRCOAT is to make European waterborne transport more energy efficient and less polluting by developing a disruptive hull coating that reduces the frictional resistance of ships.
The AIRCOAT project will enhance a passive air lubrication technology that utilises the biomimetic Salvinia effect. This effect enables trapping air through combination of a hydrophobic micro-structured surface with hydrophilic pins. The project will technologically implement this effect on a self-adhesive foil system. Applying a ship with such an AIRCOAT foil will produce a thin permanent air layer, which reduces the overall frictional resistance while acting as a physical barrier between water and hull surface.
Besides substantially reducing main engine fuel oil consumption and hence exhaust gas emission, the air barrier further inhibits the attachment of fouling, the release of biocide substances (of underlying coatings) to the water and mitigates the radiation of ship noise. As a refit technology, it is immediately applicable to the whole fleet, is independent of the fuel type and can be combined with other efficiency improving technologies. Consequently, the technology creates both an economical and an environmental benefit.
The interdisciplinary AIRCOAT consortium will develop small-scale prototypes to optimise the surface characteristics of this new technology supported by experimental and numerical methods. AIRCOAT will further produce large-scale pilots to demonstrate the efficiency and industrial feasibility in operational environments (laboratory, research ships and container ship). Finally, the project will perform a full-scale validation process to boost the technology towards market readiness.
The AIRCOAT project will demonstrate the high potential of this game-changing technology to revolutionise the maritime coating sector and to become a ground-breaking future energy efficiency and emission reduction technology.

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2017-Two-Stages
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 138 625

Participants (9)

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 004 166,25
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HOCHSCHULE BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 648 568,75
Address
Neustadtswall 30
28199 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HAMBURGISCHE SCHIFFBAU-VERSUCHSANSTALT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 655 225
Address
Bramfelder Strasse 164
22305 Hamburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
AVERY DENNISON MATERIALS BELGIUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 552 986
Address
Boulevard Kennedy Zone Industrielle Zone B
7060 Soignies
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PPG COATINGS EUROPE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 307 302,63
Address
Oceanenweg 2
1047 BB Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DANAOS SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 334 075
Address
Christaki Kompou 3
3011 Limassol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AQUABIOTECH LIMITED
Malta
EU contribution
€ 211 338,75
Address
Naggar Street Central Complex Targa Gap
MST 1761 Mosta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ILMATIETEEN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 165 278,75
Address
Erik Palmenin Aukio 1
00560 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
REVOLVE WATER
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 281 531,25
Address
Rue D'arlon 63-67
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other