Development of Bio-composites with minimum impact on the marine environment.
Press Release, May 2020
SeaBioComp Project develops bio-polymer 3D printed marine fender profile
SeaBioComp, a collaborative project developing and producing novel bio-based thermoplastic composite materials for marine applications, has produced its first 3D printed biopolymer fender profile for use in the marine environment.
Seabiocomp aims to develop and deliver demonstrators using innovative bio-sourced composite materials with the following characteristics:
- Durability tailored to the specific application (2 to >20 years) for a marine demonstrator as measured by newly developed analytical methods.
- Mechanical properties at least equivalent to those of conventional petroleum-derived composites.
- Reduction of CO2 emissions (30%). Reduction of the ecological impact of microplastics on the marine environment, as measured by recently developed analytical methods.
- Demonstration of the recycling potential of the materials used in the demonstrator.
These characteristics are expected to reduce the overall environmental impact by 50% compared to conventional petroleum products throughout the value chain, from generation to waste treatment. Proposed biocomposite materials and analytical protocols developed to ensure long-term sustainability and ecotoxicity should lead to a shift in mentality throughout the value chain, that biological composites are a realistic alternative to petroleum products.
To ensure the success of this project, expertise in various fields such as the formulation of polymers and textiles (Centexbel, CETI), the formation of composites (Armines, Plymouth University & Polyproducts BV), the Marine Environmental Impact and Sustainability Studies (Portsmouth University, VLIZ & Ifremer) were combined in the seabiocomp partnership.
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