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Development and demonstrators of durable biobased composites for a marine environment

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Technological Innovation

Lead partner


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Project budget

4 129 325

ERDF amount

2 477 595

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    There is a growing demand for composites for applications in a marine environment due to the growing markets for fish & seaweed farming, energy harvesting, boats, pontons, anchoring and buoy elements, etc. (cfrs Solent LEP – Innovation strategy 2016 , The blue cluster, Flemish spearhead cluster). The reduced weight and relative low cost make these materials very interesting for these appalications. At present only petrol-based composites are applied, but concern is growing about the long-term ecological impact of these materials. Litter and microplastics are contaminating the sea, having a detrimental impact on sea-life (cfr Flemish action plan against litter in sea). Therefore, renewable materials should be developed; reducing the depletion of the fossil-based materials, limiting emission of greenhouse gases and reducing ecotoxic impact on the environment. At the same time, the materials should meet the highest technical performance and withstand longterm harsh sea environment including mechanical forces, aggressive environment, intense UV light etc. Meeting this duality is a major challenge.



    CETI - Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants

    VLIZ - Flanders Marine Institute

    Association for research and developement of industrial processing methods (ARMINES)

    Poly Products

    University of Plymouth

    University of Portsmouth

    Marine South East Ltd