JEC World Innovation Awards: nautical projects

The sustainable Mini 650 Loop 650, finalist of the JEC World Innovation Awards

Review of marine and marine industry projects at the JEC World Innovation Awards composite materials competition.

30 finalists for 10 winners

The JEC World Innovation Awards competition is held each year on the occasion of the JEC World international composite exhibition. It rewards the best innovations in the field of raw composite materials, their implementation and the achievements they enable. 30 finalists are selected, ranked in the following 10 categories:

  • Aerospace application
  • Aerospace process
  • Automotive application
  • Automotive process
  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Marine Mobile Diffusion expands its offer
  • Minimum drag
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Smart Cities
  • For several months, the SMIDDEST (Syndicat Mixte pour le Développement Durable de l'Estuaire de la Gironde) and many citizens had been mobilizing to have the Cordouan lighthouse listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Of the 30 finalists, 6 are related to the sea, in the marine categories and beyond.

The foils of the Figaro Bénéteau 3

The Vannetese company Multiplast, the Carboman group and the Bénéteau group are in the running for the manufacturing process of the Figaro Bénéteau 3 foils. Thanks to the technology transfer of Carboman's wind turbine blade business, Multiplast announces a reduction in production costs, a reduction in waste produced and an improvement in working ergonomics allowing the production of one pair of foils per week.

Foil de Figaro Bénéteau 3 (Rights: R. Gladu)

The Loop 650, a durable mini

The Italian company GS4C and its many fibre and resin supply partners are presenting a project for a sustainable sailboat, based on the eco-design principle of "cradle to cradle", which allows the 100% recovery of waste without loss of characteristics. Developed according to the Mini 650 gauge, the boat, built in basalt fibre and bio-based epoxy, is to compete in the 2019 edition of the Mini Transat.

Cedrus kite foils

The American company Adherend Innovations LLC unveils a patented device for the design and construction of carbon foils for kitesurfing boards. Called the Cedrus project, it claims to reduce the weight and environmental impact of the product while improving its safety.

Sicomin's organic industrial resin

Sicomin, in partnership with the Decision site, is competing in the Smart City category for the Infugreen 810 resin used in the construction of the Sea Bubbles, the urban foil shuttles. Certified by DNV/GL, it offers the highest rate of recyclable material on the market, with characteristics comparable to conventional epoxy resins while producing high volumes for industry.

Sea Bubbles artist image

Composite bridges for the commercial navy

Two projects for passenger and cargo ships are also proposed in the Marine category. Croatian shipyard Uljanic JSC has developed a composite bridge for a ro-ro ship carrying 7,000 cars. By replacing steel with composite, SIEM Cicero reduced its fuel consumption by 2.1T per day.

Saertex and the Meyer Werft shipyard are presenting a composite bridge for a 110 m river liner that has obtained certification from the very strict Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine. By lightening the ship, it allows it to operate for a longer period of the year.