Research projects

AIRCOAT: Air Induced friction Reducing ship COATing

A red cargo vessel at sea

The AIRCOAT project promotes a groundbreaking passive air lubrication technology with a high potential to revolutionise the ship-coating sector by reducing energy consumption and ship emissions.

The Air Induced friction Reducing ship COATing (AIRCOAT) project aims to develop a passive air lubrication technology inspired by the Salvinia effect. Applying the AIRCOAT technology to ship-hull surfaces will produce a thin permanent air layer when submerged in water. This will reduce the overall frictional resistance, while acting as a physical barrier between water and the hull surface. In addition to reducing energy consumption, the air barrier will inhibit the attachment of maritime organisms (biofouling).

The AIRCOAT technology has the potential to reduce energy consumption and emissions of waterborne transport, making it more sustainable. This three year project started on 1 May 2018 and received a total grant of 5.3 million Euros from the European Commission within the Horizon 2020, addressing the topic: Innovations for energy efficiency and emission control in waterborne transport.

Further Information can be found on the  project's website

University
Bremen City University of Applied Sciences
Sponsors
European Union
Project partner

AQUABIOTECH GROUP

AVERY DENNISON MATERIALS BELGIUM

DANAOS SHIPPING

FINNISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

FRAUNHOFER CML

HAMBURG SHIP MODEL BASIN

KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

PPG

REVOLVE

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Albert Baars

Biomimetics Innovation Center (B-I-C) 

Bremen City University of Applied Sciences

Albert.Baars@hs-bremen.de

Duration
05/2018 - 04/2021
Further information about the project