EU FP7, Byefouling - Low-toxic cost-efficient environment-friendly antifouling materials


The BYEFOULING project addresses high volume production of low toxic and environmentally friendly antifouling coatings for mobile and stationary maritime applications. The technology will fulfil the coating requirements as a result of the incorporation of novel antifouling agents and a new set of binders into coating formulations for maritime transportation and fishing vessels, floating devices and aquaculture.

The main goal of BYEFOULING is to design, develop and upscale antifouling coatings with enhanced performance compared to current available products.

The approach in BYEFOULING is to tackle the different stages of the biofouling process using innovative antifouling agents, covering:

  • Surface-structured materials
  • Protein adsorption inhibitors
  • Quorum sensing inhibitors
  • Natural biocides
  • Microorganisms with antifouling properties.

Encapsulation of the innovative compounds in smart nanostructured materials will be implemented to optimize coating performance and cost all along their life cycle. A proof-of-concept for the most promising candidates will be developed and demonstrators will be produced and tested on fields.

Active dissemination of the results will be communicated to a large public through the maintenance of a homepage and a series of workshop at international level, involving scientific community, industry and standardization organisations. BYEFOULING will provide the means for industrial, cost-effective and robust manufacturing of antifouling coatings in Europe, involving both key EU industry players and SMEs are both coating components developers and production technology providers. A set of procedures, guidelines and fabrication tools will be developed, enabling short time to market for new coating concepts. Readily available low toxic and cost-effective antifouling coatings will increase the efficiency of maritime industry and be the enabling technology to realize new products. BYEFOULING will contribute to the objectives of European policies as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, REACH regulation of production and use of chemicals directive, the Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area, the implementation of the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and EU's Lead Market Initiatives (LMIs).

Published January 22, 2014


EU FP7 Byefouling

Ship hull with fouling and under maintenance operations. Courtesy of Jotun A/S