Sicomin has partnered with GREENBOATS on the supply of GreenPoxy bio-based resins for its new daysailer, the most complete natural fibre composite project realised by GREENBOATS to date.
The FLAX 27 is an 8.2m daysailer designed by naval architects Judel/Vrolijk & Co. The hull, deck and internal structure of the vessel have been infused with Sicomin's very low viscosity GreenPoxy InfuGreen 810 resin and flax fibre reinforcement fabrics.
"Our goal is to really get people excited about natural fibre composites,” said GREENBOATS founder, Friedrich Johann Deimann. “Sicomin's GreenPoxy products help us create sustainable composites with no compromise in performance or appearance."
The GreenPoxy range is now thought to be the largest range of bio-based epoxy resins on the market. It contains up to 51% of carbon content from plant and vegetable origin and, says Sicomin, offers the same performance as non-bio alternatives.
Vacuum infusion with InfuGreen 810 produced crystal-clear natural fibre laminates whilst the closed mould process also improved working conditions in the GREENBOAT factory.
Available with a choice of hardeners to adjust the curing time as required, InfuGreen 810 carries DNV-GL approval and certification from both Bureau Veritas and the US Department of Agriculture.
GREENBOATS has been producing natural fibre composites at its Bremen facility for more than a decade. The company uses a bespoke lifecycle assessment tool to optimise projects for performance as well as sustainability. This detailed view of a project's environmental impact has created a number of larger scale composite applications for bio-based resins.