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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


Date de début


Date de fin


Project budget

4 129 325

ERDF amount

2 477 595

ERDF rate


    À propos

    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.

    Main Achievements

    The first reporting period focussed mainly on the dissemination tools, resulting in a very quick start of the dissemination activities using the designed logo, website, invited presentations on events/workshops across the entire 2 Seas region and beyond. SeaBioComp press releases were also readily picked up by several journals, both printed and online, with a variable focus from marine applications and aquaculture to textile and bio-based industry, allowing SeaBioComp to reach many different sectors. Finally, The SeaBioComp website is regularly updated with news items, relevant events and promotion for the Interest Group, attracting over a 1000 visits each month attributing to the rapidly growing interest group with currently 60 regsitrations containing parties from the entire triple helix combining academia, industry and public authority.

    From the technical aspect, the consortium cooperated to decide on the preferred bio-based resourced including the polymers, monomers and natural fibre to be the focus during the SeaBioComp project. This close cooperation already led to interesting new partnerships including the INTERREG FCE project INdIGO and further collaboration between DeKlerk Waterbouw and PolyProducts.

    Finally, the additive manufacturing equipment that was recently installed at our partner PolyProducts was adapted for the processing of biopolymers sooner then expected, already producing the first proof-of-principle bio-based demonstrators.



    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





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    Industrial additive manufacturing installation adapted to process natural fibre reinforced biopolymer formulation

    Thème: Circular economy - Innovation
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: SMEs /enterprises - Universities and research centres