Nylacast and partners win prestigious Rushlight Award

Nylacast, manufacturers of engineered polymers and plastic solutions for the process industries, and collaboration partners TTI, Brunel University and EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre) received the Rushlight Responsible Product or Service Award at a ceremony which took place at the Royal Geographical Society in London, UK.

The Rushlight Awards are a celebration and a promotion of new technology, innovation and best practices across the whole environment spectrum for organizations throughout UK, Ireland and internationally. The judging of the Rushlight Awards was performed by an independent panel of recognized experts covering all the clean technology sectors drawn from academia, trade associations and institutes, independent experts and government departments.

Nylacast and partners were presented with the award in recognition of the work carried out on the development of innovative mooring connectors designed under the STORM (Specialized Thimbles for Offshore Renewable Marine Energy) project, funded by Innovate UK. The STORM project focuses on developing a lightweight connector using advanced materials technology, specifically a hybrid material.  Developed by Brunel’s Experimental Techniques Centre and the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology, the material called Basaltium, forms the core of the innovative connector which is made from aluminium which has been recycled and strengthened through the use of tiny basalt fibres. This core is coated with a custom formulated cast nylon material designed and manufactured by Nylacast.  The outer material adds a range of advantages including low friction, lightweight and corrosion resistance.

Through discussing existing industry challenges and solutions, the Marine Moorings Masterclass aimed to identify the existing gaps and needs of the industry, in addition to encouraging new partnerships to form and develop further R&D projects around moorings in order to tack this vital component within the offshore energy industry.

Image courtesy of Nylacast Engineered Products.

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