SeaBioComp is a collaborative project with the aim to develop and produce novel bio-based thermoplastic composite materials and the analytical protocols to evaluate long-term durability and reduced ecological impact on the marine environment.

There is a growing demand for composites for applications in a marine environment due to the growing markets for fish & seaweed farming, energy harvesting, boats, pontoons, anchoring and buoy elements, etc. At present only petrol-based composites are being used. Concern is growing about the long-term ecological impact. Litter and microplastics are contaminating the sea, having a detrimental impact on sea-life. There is a need for renewable materials to be developed; reducing the depletion of the fossil based materials, limiting emission of greenhouse gases and reducing ecotoxic impact of microplastics. At the same time, the materials should meet the highest technical performance and withstand the longterm harsh marine environment including mechanical forces, aggressive environment, intense UV light etc. Meeting this duality is a major challenge.

SeaBioComp is aiming to address this challenge. See the About the Project Page for more information.

SeaBioComp project produces technical leaflets on use of flax reinforced composites in various moulding techniques

The SeaBioComp project has produced a series of technical leaflets detailing the various methods of using flax based biocomposites for marine applications. ...(Read More)

Posted on 2022-05-17 10:56:14 By

Harbour mooring product produced from Flax/PLA as demonstrator example

SeaBioComp partner Poly Products has been proactively seeking out harbour products to produce from the bio-composites developed by the project to use as demonstrator examples for businesses to see practical applications of the project's work....(Read More)

Posted on 2021-11-24 10:22:34 By

New report on ecotoxicity effects due to biopolymers and fossil fuel based products in the marine enviroment available to download

For this latest report, the SeaBioComp project has assessed and compared the effect of leachate from a biocomposite and leachate from a fossil-fuel polymer in the marine environment....(Read More)

Posted on 2021-12-14 15:01:55 By

SeaBioComp project partners