Sustainable antifouling: EU funding for new hull coatings

Antifouling is a major challenge for sustainable and ecological yachting

The European Union is making funds available to improve the environmental impact of paints and coatings. Funding is available for research into antifouling paints, a major issue for more environmentally friendly boating.

EU funds for more sustainable paints

The European Union has published, in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme, the call for projects H2020-BBI-JTI-2020 entitled: Improving the durability of surface coatings. The institution wants to support research in the field of paints and surface coatings for all types of materials, from metal to concrete, glass or composites, with properties such as anti-reflection, self-cleaning, waterproofing, antifouling or fire resistance. The results of the research should make it possible to replace fossil-based compounds, particularly those derived from oil, with bio-sourced alternatives, while maintaining performance levels at least equivalent to the traditional solutions currently on the market.

Several million euros on the table

Chemical research programs can be very expensive. The funding envelope envisaged is between ?2 million and ?5 million. The proposed technologies will have to be at a stage of maturity between 4 and 5, but no more than level 5. Details of the programme are available on the European Commission's website. Applications must be submitted before 3 September 2020.

Although it is open to all fields of activity, the call for projects directly mentions paints with antifouling properties. As this is a major issue for sustainable boating and ecological navigation, let's hope that the sector seizes the opportunity.

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