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Environment Agency uses ‘wonderful material’ coating by AGM for North East coastal flood defense
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Environment Agency uses ‘wonderful material’ coating by AGM for North East coastal flood defense

A Teesside graphene producer has seen its wonder material used in a North East flood defense.

Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) is a Wilton-on-Tesside company that produces super strong graphene. This can be used to enhance the sustainability of paints, coatings, and composite materials.

England’s Environment Agency has now successfully applied Applied Graphene Materials to a North East coast flood defense asset.

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The coastal flood defense gates were coated with AGMs new graphene-enhanced Genable CX-based anticorrosion primer.

The coating system is part of the company’s products for barrier performance, anti-corrosion application and represents the culmination 18 months of extensive testing and evaluation of anticorrosion performance for salt-spray as well as immersion in harsh test environments.

According to the company, the Environment Agency project is a significant milestone in customer exploitation and use of AGMs graphene enhanced coatings systems for corrosion protection. It is also the first of many planned applications of the system.

Adrian Potts, CEO: After many years in product development and rigorous testing, it is extremely satisfying to see these coatings successfully applied in harsh coastal and ocean spray conditions.

I am excited to have the opportunity to engage England’s Environment Agency. I look forward to a wider use of our products for further EA assets as well as deeper engagement and collaboration with them as an innovative solution provider.

We are based in the North East. Our products are being used locally. This is a testament to local innovation as well as the excellent graphene R&D platform which AGM has built in the region.

John Abraham of Englands Environment Agency stated: The EA has set a lofty target to become a Carbon Net Zero Organisation (by 2030), If we want to achieve this ambition, we must innovate and work with companies that develop the materials and technologies for tomorrow.

“The EA is currently looking into how to increase the maintenance intervals of our Flood Risk Management Assets. This will reduce the carbon footprint of maintenance activities.

We are grateful to AGM for providing us with their advanced graphene primer. This primer was used in December 2021 on one our Flood Risk Management Assets.

We look forward working with AGM to continue trials in 2022 of this innovative product in a range of real-world environments.

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