DuPont and TFI Marine receive European Plastics Innovation Award

Coupling design know-how and material performance to harness wave energy

Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 26, 2016 – DuPont Performance Materials (DPM) and Technology from Ideas, Ireland (TFI) received the 2016 European Plastics Innovation Award in the category “Hybrid Product” for The Dynamic Tethers mooring protection system used to protect wave energy devices in harsh sea conditions.

Image Courtesy of TFI

The TFI technology includes an energy damper, extruded in DuPont™ Hytrel® TPC-ET and shown in red in the photograph, within the mooring lines to reduce the forces along the whole tether with potential to reduce mooring costs in several sectors including buoys, fish farming and ocean energy.

Image Courtesy of TFI

The TFI technology solution is a tether with a combination of different polymer elements tailored to the wave environment.
From left to right: Noel Halloran, TFI, with Mark Hazel and Andreas Zöller, DuPont, receiving the 2016 European Plastics Innovation Award for The Dynamic Tethers mooring protection system.

This innovative application, made with DuPont™ Hytrel®, is the result of a joint development involving DuPont, TFI and manufacturer Radius Plastics. This prestigious award is jointly organised by PlasticsEurope, the European Association of Plastics Manufacturers, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and the European Association of Plastics Converters (EuPC).

Thomas Oury, DuPont Performance Materials Regional Director EMEA, said: “We are extremely proud to receive the Plastics Industry Innovation Award as this represents for us recognition from our peers in the plastics industry of our innovation capabilities. As such, we thank PlasticsEurope, SPE and EuPC for launching this initiative, which I believe will act as a catalyst to encourage more innovation from the plastics industry and will also give visibility to great accomplishments in our industry.”

The Dynamic Tethers wave protection system incorporates hybrid polymer mooring components to control the motion, substantially reduces mooring loads by up to 70%. It has the potential to significantly reduce mooring costs for fish farms and ocean energy. The taut leg design also reduces seabed damage from movement of conventional mooring chains.

Noel Halloran, Chairman TFI Marine, Ireland commented: “We are delighted that our innovation with DuPont has been recognised by this award. It is the result of a three-year development programme. Our initial product has been successfully demonstrated in the challenging sea environment on Ireland’s Atlantic Coast, over the past 15 months. Our Dynamic tethers have performed excellently, minimising the loads and keeping the moored structure protected, particularly during the recent succession of severe storms. We will shortly be announcing a project to deliver our Tethers to manage mooring loads of up to 500 tonnes for a tidal energy developer.”

TFI Marine is the Irish company taking the Dynamic Tether technology to market. It is now delivering solutions for Aquaculture, Marine Energy and Oil & Gas Markets.  Enquiries can be made at www.tfimarine.com