Sustainable Energy-efficient Powder Coatings

AFFILIATION:   Western University, London, ON, Canada


Track: Energy & Resilience
Area: Efficiency Solutions
Tech Readiness: TRL 5

Tech Brief: Our smart additive technology brings sustainable energy-efficient powder coatings with longer shelf life for low-cost, low-carbon footprint, zero-VOC, high-throughput, coating operations with 50% curing-energy savings without compromising film quality (appearance, chemical & mechanical strengths) in the automotive, architectural, industrial, and military (CARC) coating applications.


Value Proposition: Powder primer and clearcoat CARCs (Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings) are recently being popular for the coatings of military vehicles (tanks, personnel carriers and equipment transporters) and military vehicle components, such as antennae or gun turrets. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense have stepped up its campaign for replacing liquid protective coatings with coatings free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), volatile organic hazardous air pollutants (VOHAPs) and also inorganic hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). Epoxies, polyesters, and polyurethane are the major resin systems used for CARCs. The new energy-efficient powder coatings can reduce the energy consumption along with pollution significantly in the paint-shops of military vehicles and support instruments coatings. However, CARCs must provide some very special features. In addition to their camouflage coloring, low luster, and durable exterior to resist chemical and biological agents, they must prevent infrared (IR) detection by enemy forces. Incorporation of the self-cleaning functionality is another long demanding feature for the coatings of combat vehicles and support elements. So, it is necessary to conduct thorough research that the energy-efficient powder coatings will not compromise with the required special features in coatings of military vehicles and appliances.


Org Type: Academic/Gov Lab