The Dutch Navy uses seawater aboard in cooling and fire fighting systems. The organisms in seawater cause fouling inside these systems. To remove the fouling frequent maintenance is necessary. That's why the Navy is looking for innovative technologies to reduce the fouling
They aim to set up an experiment within the framework of a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a technical cooperation agreement. This profile refers to an open innovation platform.
Ships of the Dutch Navy use seawater aboard in their cooling and fire fighting systems. The biological organisms in seawater such as barnacles, mussels and also soft marine organisms cause fouling inside these systems especially when the ship is in the port or operating in shallow water. The performance of the seawater systems can be severely restricted because of that. Frequent removal and maintenance is necessary to ensure proper functioning.
To save costs and reduce the environmental impact the Navy is looking for innovative technologies to reduce fouling inside the seawater systems. Important preconditions are that the solution does not endanger the maritime environment and does not have a negative impact on the safety of navy personnel. It is also important that the capacity of the seawater system stays unchanged. Additionally the Navy is interested in fouling monitoring systems, since they could also play a role in the solution needed.
Although the Navy has been working on this topic for quite some years with collaborating partners, also utilizing their own testing facilities, this has not led to a breakthrough. Note that tests with ultrasonic anti-fouling systems have already being conducted.
Therefore the Navy is looking for partners with truly innovative solutions to test their efficacy. For a first experiment the Navy wants to examine the effects of the solution on a small scale, possibly on a Navy ship. After that cooperation is foreseen within the framework of a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a technical cooperation agreement.
IMPORTANT: This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open internet platform. If an organisation expresses interest before the closing date, it will be guided to this open innovation platform. After registration participants can browse free through other submissions and engage in discussions. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. The challenge closes on April 30th, 2021. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Besides open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the organisations that will be invited to discuss cooperation possibilities. Once the challenge is closed, expressions of interest will be treated in the traditional way.
- Type of partner sought: Partners are invited to contribute to a creative open innovation process and further technical development in order to reduce fouling in a sustainable way.
Specific expertise to solve this challenge could originate from the fields of: biological engineering, naval engineering, naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering and chemical engineering
Possibly a team of highly specialized experts and advisors from different disciplines is needed to fulfil this technological challenge.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Type of partner: company, research organisation, university or combination of previous organisations.
Area of activity: biological engineering, naval engineering, naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering and chemical engineering.
Task to be performed: provide technology of which effects on fouling can be examined in a small scale test environment and possibly later on a Navy ship.