Bio-on and AkzoNobel continue fight against marine fouling

Italian biotechnology company Bio-on and Dutch paints and coatings producer AkzoNobel have agreed to further their collaboration in developing protective solutions against marine biofouling which can be applied in tidal energy sector.

The collaboration aims to continue investigation on the use of Bio-on’s biodegradable and bio-based polymers as components in fouling control coatings designed to prevent the unwanted accumulation of marine organisms on boats, ships, tidal power plants and other installations.

The agreement follows the promising results the two companies achieved within the Synergistic Fouling Control Technologies (SEAFRONT) project, funded by the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission.

The companies have decided to continue R&D activities beyond the SEAFRONT project in order to further demonstrate the already developed systems and initiate work on new formulations.

Arie Brouwer of the Dutch Polymer Institute and coordinator of the SEAFRONT Project, said: “These results and continued cooperation are good examples of the many valuable outcomes of the SEAFRONT Project, which started in 2014 and will end this year.

“In SEAFRONT a consortium of 19 companies and knowledge institutes are working together in a unique way on anti-fouling solutions for marine applications.

“The consortium can be proud that they have successfully achieved the main objectives such as creating surfaces which reduce hydrodynamic drag by 5% and, thanks to the excellent work of Bio-on and AkzoNobel, generated very good results for new fouling control coatings utilising bio-based polymers.”