Dr Juan Yang, SINTEF AS, Norway
The main objectives of PRONICARE are (i) to develop an eco-friendly, cost-efficient, thin hybrid sol-gel coating with functional additives to provide a combination of corrosion and biofouling protection for metal surfaces in niche areas relevant to shipping and offshore aquaculture; (ii) to establish testing methods and a mobile test unit to evaluate the new coating with respect to marine growth protection, corrosion, competitiveness and eco-friendliness. The goals of PRONICARE will be achieved by
We expect the following major outcomes:
PRONICARE is a collaborative effort by six partners including industries (ANKRON, ABT, Funzionano, Kelvion) and research institutions (SINTEF, AWI) from three different countries (Norway, Germany and Malta). This cross-cutting perspective will result in innovations capable of benefiting multiple sectors of high potential for a sustainable marine economy, like transport and aquaculture. This strategy will increase the competitive strength of European maritime industries, secure and create jobs, and improve sustainability. It will provide a significant added value against the spread of marine invasive species, as it offers a new solution to test antifouling systems under real life conditions and to detect their design limitations.