in Aerospace

TWI tech underpins renewable energy and aerospace projects

Posted 27 November 2017 · Add Comment

TWI's patented VitoNano technology is key to a number of new coating-based projects for the renewable energy and aerospace industries.



Above: Solar Sharc.

Over £3.5 million of combined UK and EU funding is being used by Opus Materials Technologies to develop a portfolio of market-ready coatings for use in three projects over the next two years.

The projects include:
•    Icemart - the development of an ice-repellent coating for aeroplanes, maritime vessels, powerlines and wind turbines, which is designed to remove the need for ice to be manually removed using costly machinery or products.
•    Solar Sharc - a durable self-clean coating designed for solar modules, designed to prevent the surface build up of dust, sand, salt, and ash on solar panels.
•    Always Clean – Rolling out of the Solar Sharc self-clean coating solar modules in locations with adverse environmental conditions.

Alongside these projects, which have key funding from Innovate UK and Horizon 2020, comes the upcoming full launch of the Sharc Matter website (www.Sharcmatter.com), which will see TWI’s VitoNano Technology made available for purchase.

This ecommerce platform will allow silica nanoparticles to be functionalised with one or more chemical groups, thus allowing users to create materials for their bespoke requirements including uses such as improved abrasion resistance, improved repellence, improved solvent resistance, improved barrier properties, enhanced stiffness, and increased heat distortion temperatures.

The Icemart, Always Clean, and Solar Sharc projects are being rolled out over the next 24 months, with the Sharc Matter platform set to launch in early 2018.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

AAD2018: Air BP tech services to support African aviation growth

International aviation fuel products and services supplier, Air BP, returns to Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD2018) at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria, South Africa, this week, using the event to share how its technical

Qatari Typhoon and Hawk export deal takes off

Qatarís deal to buy 24 Typhoon jets and nine Hawks is now officially effective after BAE Systems received its first payment yesterday.

Net successfully snares space debris

The RemoveDEBRIS satellite has successfully used its on-board net technology in orbit, marking the first demonstration in human history of active debris removal (ADR) technology.

Steve Griffiths appointed Stansted Airport COO

Steve Griffiths, most recently Chief Operating Officer for the London Underground at Transport for London and previously Chief Operating Officer for Virgin Atlantic Airways, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of

JFD and US Navy unveil Shadow Nav

JFD has partnered with the United States (US) Navyís Naval Surface Warfare Centre Ė Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) in the development of an advanced combat diver navigation module, Shadow Nav, bringing a hands-free underwater

ICAO calls for applications to YAPP

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is calling for applications to the 2019 Young Aviation Professionals Programme (YAPP).

ODU SK191217191218
See us at
Aviation Africa 2019SMI GMSCBT3005081118SMIFAVSBT151118AdvancedEngin BT1406011118DVD18BT3105200918