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SeaBioComp develops new ocean friendly composites for maritime industry

Added on 2019-10-21
SeaBioComp is a new collaborative project launched earlier this summer. Aim is to develop and produce novel bio-based thermoplastic composite materials. In time, these could potentially replace the traditionally oil-based fiber-reinforced composites widely used in the maritime industry. The project also develops analytical protocols to evaluate the long-term durability of these new materials, and protocols to measure the reduced ecological impact on the marine environment.

The project will develop ‘demonstrator’ bio-based composite alternatives to potentially replace traditional fibre-reinforced composites commonly used in the marine industries. Traditional oil-based products including fishing and seaweed farming components, energy harvesting equipment, boats, pontoons, anchoring and buoy parts are potentially being addressed by the project. The bio-composites will not only reduce the depletion of fossil-based resources but should also limit the emission of greenhouse gases and the ecotoxic impact of microplastics, while allowing recycling through the use of thermoplastic bio-polymers.

Through the development of the bio-composite demonstrators, the project aims to significantly shift the perception within the marine industries that the use of bio-based composites can offer a realistic and viable alternative. The demonstrators and developed analytical protocols will help both industry and public authorities to address the growing concern regarding the global production and consumption of oil-based plastic materials and the long-term ecological impact of plastic litter and microplastics in the marine environment.

The SeaBioComp project brings together 11 partners from the 2Seas region covering the coastal regions along the southern North Sea and the Channel area: England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. The group of research institutions, university research groups, SME’s and specialist cluster organizations work together under the EU Interreg 2 Seas programme, within the Technological Innovation theme. The project runs from March 2019 to August 2022.

SeaBioComp is led by the Belgian knowledge & technology transfer centre Centexbel and combines experts in polymer research, textile and composite formation with marine institutes, sector cluster organisations and public authorities.

The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) will undertake research for the SeaBioComp project and exchange knowledge on experiments with bio-based plastics in a marine environment.

More details are available on the VLIZ website and the project website Subscribe to the SeaBioComp newletter to follow the developments closely.

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