Prospects for basalt fiber applications have become a topic of discussion at the conference held by the European network for lightweight applications at sea (E-LASS) and RAMSSES project.
Demand for lightweight materials and lightweight design in the shipbuilding is driven by two major problems of the modern age those are energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. A lighter vessel will use less fuel and a semi-submersible offshore platform can only fully attain an optimized weight distribution through proper lightweight design.
It is difficult to imagine a lightweight offshore wind turbine deprived of lightweight design and lightweight materials. However, for a lot of solutions, the increased use of innovative technologies is being slowed down by tradition and conservative resistance to change, coupled to a lack of expertise and best practice.
E-LASS aims at facilitating activities in support of necessary development of lightweight design.
The EU-funded project RAMSSES that is Realisation and Demonstration of Advanced Material Solutions for Sustainable and Efficient Ships is one such initiative.
The RAMSSES project
Terms: Composite market