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THE AIRCOAT PROJECT

The Air Induced friction Reducing ship COATing (AIRCOAT) project aims to develop a passive air lubrication technology inspired by the Salvinia effect. Applying the AIRCOAT technology to ship-hull surfaces will produce a thin permanent air layer when submerged in water. This will reduce the overall frictional resistance while acting as a physical barrier between water and the hull surface. In addition to reducing energy consumption, the air barrier will inhibit the attachment of maritime organisms (biofouling).

The AIRCOAT technology has the potential to reduce energy consumption and emissions of waterborne transport, making it more sustainable. This three year project started on 1 May 2018 and received a total grant of 5.3 million Euros from the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 framework addressing the topic Innovations for energy efficiency and emission control in waterborne transport.

The Salvinia Effect and Biomimetics

The naturally occurring Salvinia effect allows the Salvinia floating fern to breath under water by keeping a permanent layer of air. Inspired by this phenomenon, the AIRCOAT project intends to implement this effect on a self-adhesive foil system. It is therefore a prime example of a biomimetic application where technology learns from nature.

Objectives

AIRCOAT aims to introduce a game-changing hull-coating and validate its potential to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency, by

  • Reducing frictional resistance
  • Reducing emission of pollutants
  • Reducing biofouling
  • Designing application and production procedures
  • Improving public awareness of AIRCOAT technology

THE AIRCOAT PROJECT

The Air Induced friction Reducing ship COATing (AIRCOAT) project aims to develop a passive air lubrication technology inspired by the Salvinia effect. Applying the AIRCOAT technology to ship-hull surfaces will produce a thin permanent air layer when submerged in water. This will reduce the overall frictional resistance while acting as a physical barrier between water and the hull surface. In addition to reducing energy consumption, the air barrier will inhibit the attachment of maritime organisms (biofouling).

The AIRCOAT technology has the potential to reduce energy consumption and emissions of waterborne transport, making it more sustainable. This three year project started on 1 May 2018 and received a total grant of 5.3 million Euros from the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 framework addressing the topic Innovations for energy efficiency and emission control in waterborne transport.

The Salvinia Effect and Biomimetics

The naturally occurring Salvinia effect allows the Salvinia floating fern to breath under water by keeping a permanent layer of air. Inspired by this phenomenon, the AIRCOAT project intends to implement this effect on a self-adhesive foil system. It is therefore a prime example of a biomimetic application where technology learns from nature.

Objectives

AIRCOAT aims to introduce a game-changing hull-coating and validate its potential to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency, by

  • Reducing frictional resistance
  • Reducing emission of pollutants
  • Reducing biofouling
  • Designing application and production procedures
  • Improving public awareness of AIRCOAT technology

Consortium

AQUABIOTECH GROUP

The AquaBioTech Group is an international aquaculture consulting company.

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AVERY DENNISON MATERIALS BELGIUM

Avery Dennison is a global leader in labeling and packaging materials and solutions.

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DANAOS SHIPPING

Danaos Shipping is a leader in ship management with a fleet of 60 container-ships.

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FINNISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

The Finnish Meteorological Institute is a national meteorological office under the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications.

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FRAUNHOFER CML

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization.

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HAMBURG SHIP MODEL BASIN

HSVA is a private, self-supporting, non-profit research centre.

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PPG

Worlds largest coating supplier.

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KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

KIT is one of the biggest research and education institutions worldwide.

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HOCHSCHULE BREMEN B-I-C

The City University of Applied Sciences Bremen is a higher education establishment and has 600 employees.

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REVOLVE

Based in Brussels and Barcelona, REVOLVE is a communication group fostering cultures of sustainability.

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FMI

CML

PPG

KIT

BIC

REVOLVE

Contact us

Project Coordinator

Johannes Oeffner
Fraunhofer CML
Johannes.Oeffner@cml.fraunhofer.de

Communication Contact

Hadil J.S. Ayoub
REVOLVE
hadil@revolve.media

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Johannes Oeffner
Fraunhofer CML
Johannes.Oeffner@cml.fraunhofer.de

COMMUNICATION CONTACT

Hadil J.S. Ayoub
REVOLVE
hadil@revolve.media

The AIRCOAT project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°764553.

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Johannes Oeffner
Fraunhofer CML
Johannes.Oeffner@cml.fraunhofer.de

COMMUNICATION CONTACT

Hadil J.S. Ayoub
REVOLVE
hadil@revolve.media

The AIRCOAT project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°764553.