The corrosion and fouling are the main problems for both seawater heat exchanges and in high-temperature environments. The Basque company designs and produces tailor-made ceramic & cermet formulations suitable to be deposited by electrophoretic processes onto diverse base materials. As a result of several R&D projects, a new ceramic coating with high thermal resistance and anti-clogging properties has been developed.
This ceramic coating has quite good properties in general. One of the most promising properties is the excellent chemical resistance in comparison with vitreous conventional coatings sintered at low temperatures, as well as a high thermal resistance. Fume temperatures in boilers at this point can reach 650ºC (1200º F), steam at 300ºC (572ºF) and a metal surface is estimated to be at almost 500ºC (932ºF).
This is very suitable for instance in very abrasive and hot environments (biomass boilers with a high amount of ashes and particles) and for crude oil boilers where the coating has to perform resistance to vanadate attack. Oil fumes in these environments rich in vanadates can also reach temperatures up to 700ºC (1300ºF) and a metal surface is estimated at 550ºC (1000ºF).
The target partners the Basque SME is looking for are Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) with whom it can establish a technical cooperation or a manufacturing agreement. These partners would operate as providers for refineries, power generation plants (waste to energy included) and wind off-shore installations. The cooperation foreseen could be in the form of a co-development of a new final product with the advanced coatings, the development of a new version of an existing product in order to meet higher market specifications or carry out feasibility studies with customised tests for a specific application. In addition, it could also be considered a manufacturing agreement in the form of a subcontracting where the Basque SME develops a customised ceramic formulation for a specific application of the partner.