Recycled tyre invention secures funding
Lowestoft-based Scour Prevention Systems, which offers a field proven, patented and innovative solution for the prevention of scour around offshore structures and cable has secured £40,000 funding from the SCORE programme to take their project to the next level.
Scour, the erosion of sediment around objects located in flowing water, can lower the seabed below the specified design level for a structure, which can affect structural stability and accelerate fatigue damage to components.
Scour Prevention Systems’ mats are made using recycled vehicle tyres laid side-by-side, which trap sediment in their centres and thus form a protective layer. This method is particularly innovative and has higher success rates than alternative methods due to the ideal density of the tyres meaning that they do not sink into the seabed.
In comparison to other methods Scour Prevention Systems’ mats are cost effective and maintenance free, providing a one-off solution for both cable and monopile scour. The mats can be installed using small vessels and cranes, thus there does not need to be any turbine downtime for the installation to take place.
With the mats being manufactured using end-of-life vehicle tyres the outlay is low and environmentally beneficial due to being constructed from recycled materials.
Warren Hoskins-Davies, project manager at Scour Prevention Systems says: “We were delighted to secure the funding for our system which assists offshore engineers in combating the considerable challenges scour presents.
“The grant has enabled us to undertake field trials and research methods for lifting the mats from the seabed, so they do not get left there forever, like alternative methods.”
Richard Salmon, project manager and business adviser for SCORE says: “The beauty of Scour Prevention Systems’ invention is in the simplicity. They have taken an every-day object which most of us would discard and used it to combat an increasingly important issue in the offshore industry.
“Our region’s offshore renewable energy sector provides East Anglian businesses with a unique landscape on which to develop innovative ideas, processes and services. Recipients of SCORE funding will all help strengthen the area’s capability for innovation and as we announce news of the diverse range of projects funded, we hope others will be encouraged to apply for grant funding.”
• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Product engineer, Katie Musgrave with project manager Warren Hoskins-Davies