Marine South East partners new European Project looking at bio-based composite products for the marine environment: SeaBioComp
Marine South East is a partner in SeaBioComp, a new collaborative project that has been launched to develop and produce novel bio-based thermoplastic composite materials and the analytical protocols to evaluate long-term durability and 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 group of research institutions, university research groups, SME's and specialist cluster organizations have come together under the EU Interreg 2 Seas programme, within the Technological Innovation theme. SeaBioComp is led by Centexbel (BE) and combines experts in polymer research, textile and composite formation with marine institutes, sector cluster organisations and public authorities.
More details including the specific aims, objectives and work packages of the project will be distributed throughout the duration of the project which runs from March 2019 to August 2022.
A new website will be coming soon at http://www.seabiocomp.eu