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Funding helps Lowestoft company to secure US patent for scour prevention product

PUBLISHED: 16:15 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:15 27 March 2018

Scour Prevention Systems' mattress in place on the seabed. The Lowestoft-based company has secured a US patent for its product with help from a grant from the SCORE programme. Picture: Scour Prevention Systems

Scour Prevention Systems' mattress in place on the seabed. The Lowestoft-based company has secured a US patent for its product with help from a grant from the SCORE programme. Picture: Scour Prevention Systems

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A system to protect offshore structures, cables and pipelines from scour will now be available in the US after an East Anglian company secured a patent.

Scour Prevention Systems received a £7,200 grant from the SCORE programme to fund the US patent for its scour prevention mattresses (SPM), which it now hopes to supply to offshore wind projects in the country.

The unique anti-scour product, made of recycled vehicle tyres, protects man-made structures against damage caused by water turbulence – a big challenge for offshore developers. It has been deployed in the North Sea and is patented for Japan and China as well as the UK.

Sarah Niddrie-Webb, of Scour Prevention Systems, said: “Our run of successes in getting a string of international patents awarded for the SPM over the past 12 months has given us a great platform to expand our offer internationally.”

The Lowestoft-based firm is a previous winner of East of England Energy Group’s Energy Innovation award.


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