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AIRCOAT: 1-year extension!

Update #4: 20/04/2021

AIRCOAT will end in  April 2022 and will be able to finalise its experiments. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the tests have had to be postponed. 

2021 will be an intense and productive year to gather the final results!


AIRCOAT foil: ready to test

Two experiments will be done: (1) on a research ship and (2) on a ship container. The research ship experiment aims to observe the stability of the air retention of the foil. The container ship experiment is more about observing its efficiency over time. 

More about the air layer

Latest scientists publications

Consortium Meeting 6 and Advisory Board

AIRCOAT partners and advisors met digitally in November to present the latest results, challenges and the solutions being developed.
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AIRCOAT and the Public

Upcoming events

LEC Sustainable Shipping Technologies Forum

April 27, 2021 | 03.30 pm CET | Digital event

LEC Forum aims to foster the exchange of ideas, to harness synergies, to promote co-operation and to network with relevant actors in the shipping sector for an emission-free future. Due to COVID-19, the second forum will be held as a hybrid event with online access for all participants.

Our partner Fraunhofer CML will participate in moderating the Session II: Ship efficiency technologies and in the talks presenting the latest developments regarding AIRCOAT.                  > Program

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EU Green Week 2021 - EU Partner Event

May 19, 2021 | 03.00 pm CET | Digital event
AIRCOAT H2020 project: How can nature help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping industry? 

As part of the EU Green Week Partner Events, the webinar will give insights into the development of the surface structure and test results. The AIRCOAT team will demonstrate how the size, geometry, and chemical properties of the surface structure play a crucial role in creating air lubrication.
  • Jonathan Weisheit, Research Associate | Fraunhofer CML
  • Dr Jukka-Pekka Jalkanen, Senior Researcher | Finnish Meteorological Institute - FMI
  • Dr Stefan Walheim, Senior Researcher | Karlsruher Institut Für Technologie - KIT
  • Dr Albert Baars, Group Leader Computational Fluid Dynamics | B-I-C of City University Of Applied Sciences Bremen
  • Christoph Wilms, Researcher | B-I-C of City University Of Applied Sciences Bremen
  • Clémence Contant, MarComms Project Manager | REVOLVE
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TRANSNAV Conference

June 16-18, 2021 | Poland
TRANSNAV is all about maritime transport research. The Conference is addressed to scientists and professionals in order to share their expert knowledge, experience and research results concerning all aspects of navigation, safety of navigation and sea transportation.

Our partner Fraunhofer CML will present the last paper about the LDA methodology used for AIRCOAT experiments. 
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REVOLVE recently interviewed AIRCOAT partner AquaBioTech Group about how the project is contributing to marine research and to achieving the common goal defined by the European Green Deal – transitioning to a zero carbon society.
Read the Q&A


AIRCOAT technology is aiming to reduce energy consumption and ship emissions, as defined by the EU Green Deal looking to reduce gas emission for the ship industry by 40% by 2030.

The air barrier created by the AIRCOAT foil further limits the attachment of fouling and consequent invasive species translocation.

It will also avoid the release of biocide substances of underlying coatings to the water and mitigate the radiation of ship noise, something that has detrimental effects on marine life such as cetaceans.

The project will help to understand and validate environmentally friendly initiatives within the maritime industry, paving the way for further marine research initiatives that reduce our footprint in the oceans.

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The AIRCOAT project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 764553.
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