Update: KEEP Cool Xploration ~ Royal Netherlands Navy: Reduction of fouling inside navy ships’ seawater systems.

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How can we minimize fouling in seawater systems aboard of navy ships in a sustainable way?

We have an update on the Keep Cool Xploration!

Anybody with a solution is invited to submit their solution via this KvK challenge platform (the communication is in English).

Below we include the description provided on that platform.

Video explaining the challenge

Why is this a challenge?

Naval ships of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) use seawater in their systems mainly for cooling of propulsion and weapon systems and for firefighting purposes. The use of seawater results in higher maintenance levels due to biological growth within the systems, especially when operating in shallow waters or during long port visits (alongside the quay at the Naval base in Den Helder for example)

We are in need of a system or method that minimizes fouling inside the naval systems without endangering the environment, capacity of the systems and the safety of personnel. Additionally there is also interest in fouling monitoring systems to enable predictive maintenance.

Where do you fit in?

  • We are looking for solutions that effectively prevent, slow-down and/or selectively remove fouling.
  • If you are selected, an experiment (possibly on a Navy ship) will be funded to evaluate your proposed solution.
  • We are looking for innovative solutions that differ from other already existing solutions. Note that tests with ultrasonic anti-fouling systems are already being conducted by the RNLN.

What’s in it for you?

  • Exposure for your company
  • An assignment to realize a prototype or pilot
  • Interesting network of collaborating partners and municipalities, which can also be utilized to spread your concept further if it’s demonstrably effective.

Which disciplines do we need?

  • Biological Engineering
  • Naval Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Marine Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Sensoring and monitoring technology

Read more details about this challenge in the description for the International Technology Request

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