Akzo Nobel wants to replace antifouling paint with UV lamps

Diodes instead of antifouling paint, this is the project led by Akzo Nobel, the hull protection specialist and Philips. An alternative to biocides that opens perspectives for the respect of the environment.

UV diodes to replace paint

The Dutch Akzo Nobel Group is one of the leading producers of antifouling paints, through its Awl Grip and International brands. He has just announced the development of a new method to combat the development of marine organisms on hulls and underwater structures. This technique, which could revolutionize the sector, consists in replacing traditional antifouling by a film integrating diodes emitting light in the ultraviolet spectrum. The use of UV lamps is well known for sterilizing equipment in industrial and sanitary environments. First images have been released, without details on the development schedule.

An alternative to biocides

As new European regulations restrict the number of biocides allowed in antifouling paints and the ecological awareness of boaters and sailors increases, it is urgent for industry to find alternatives to biocides. Akzo Nobel has understood this well, as its director in charge of the marine division, Oscar Wezenbeek, says. " In our Sustainable Fouling Control initiative, we are actively exploring and developing alternatives to biocide-based solutions. This development is a major proof of our continuous attention to offer our customers environmentally friendly solutions. "

A joint research programme

For the development of its UV antifouling solution, Akzo Nobel has partnered with Philips. The technological knowledge and patent portfolio of the electronics and UV Led specialist is a key asset of the research programme.

Klaas Kruithof, Head of Technology Development at Akzo Nobel, is delighted with the alliance with Philips and wants to expand this type of partnership. " In our quest not only to protect and colour, but also to functionalise surfaces, we are actively seeking complementary technologies and partners with whom to innovate. In this case, the combined capabilities and technologies of Royal Philips and Akzo Nobel will enable us to accelerate the realization of this innovation, which we wish to commercialize ourselves in the first instance and which we plan to license to third parties for large-scale adoption. "

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