Reducing the effect of sea spray
Anyone who has played around in boats when they were a kid, cut through the waves in a speed boat when they are older, or travelled on a ferry knows that salt water spray leaves a stubborn stain on surfaces. The faster you go, the more spray, and the more surfaces and the more stains there are to clean.
Ferry companies operating the latest generation of high-speed ropax ships – like Norway’s Color Line – know this only too well. To reduce the build-up of salt from spray on their M/S Superspeed 1, capable of speeds of up to 31 knots, Color Line contacted Culminatum Innovation and the Nanotechnology Centre of Expertise in the Helsinki Region for advice.
They recommended Millidyne and its Avalon® range of products. As a result, the Superspeed 1 arrived in Helsinki in January 2011 to receive a coating of Avalon® 25 on all its windows. Applied as an alcoholbased solution, this forms a very thin film that is highly resistant to water and grease, as well as chemicals, harsh weather conditions, and mechanical wear, and is very easy to clean as well.
In the case of the Superspeed 1, Avalon® 25 will prevent the salt contained in sea spray from building up on its windows and reducing visibility and make cleaning quicker, easier, and more effective.
Leveraging Finland’s nano expertise
Finland’s Nanotechnology Cluster Programme involves eight local Centres of Expertise and covers more than 90% of the country’s nano- and microtechnology- and new materials-related activities and stakeholders.
Local Centres of Expertise offer services ranging from partnering and information transfer to project build-up and promotion of the benefits of nanotechnology in industries such as mechanical engineering, energy, environment, chemicals, living, health and well-being, ICT, and electronics. The mission is to foster the profitable and responsible growth of Finnish nanotechnology related business. In addition to serving Finnish companies, Nanocluster acts as the gateway to Finnish Nanotechnology expertise for international stakeholders.
The Helsinki Region plays a key role in Finnish nanotechnology, as more than half of all the country’s activities and stakeholders in the field are located here. The Nanotechnology Centre of Expertise in the Helsinki Region is facilitated by Culminatum Innovation, a non-profit development company owned by academia, municipalities, and the business sector through a triple-helix ownership structure. Culminatum is responsible for running all the local Centres of Expertise within the Helsinki Region and also handles the national-level coordination of three focus areas (nanotechnology, living business, and digibusiness).