2015 Sustainability Report



To advance sustainable technologies, we partner with customers, academic institutions and other public and private entities. Here are some highlights of our current work.

Helping U.S. military vehicles last longer

partnerships.jpgTwo projects funded by the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) will bring the environmental and performance benefits of electrocoat to the U.S. military. ESTCP is a joint agency funded by the country’s Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.
A 15-month project to develop and conduct an aerospace electrocoat workshop at four Air Force bases will introduce our new AEROCRON® electrocoat for aluminum aircraft parts and show how it could be implemented in Air Force depots. The goal is to reach a cross-functional team of coating users and approvers at each base to more quickly transition the new electrocoat technology from the lab to common military use.
ESTCP also has funded the Army Research Lab (ARL) to assess the economic and technical feasibility of installing electrocoat capabilities in ground vehicle depots. For this project, we will inventory the parts processed at two army depots, determine the scale of an electrocoat system required for each and estimate a return on investment. If the return is favorable, we will build and operate a small electrocoat unit at each depot to determine technical feasibility.

Coating technology to increase fuel efficiency in ships

Horizon 2020, which is the European Union’s research and innovation program, awarded PPG a $3.7 million project to develop and demonstrate a unique fouling-release technology for commercial shipping applications.
Fouling is accumulated organic and inorganic material on a ship’s hull, which can increase drag on the ship and seriously hamper operational efficiency. The International Maritime Organization estimates that fouling increases fuel consumption by up to 50 percent.
With industrial and academic partners from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, we are developing an automated system to apply a fouling-resistant and drag-reducing film to the exterior of large commercial vessels under shipyard conditions. At the project’s conclusion, the new foul-release film will be applied to a new cruise ship and tested in seawater to confirm its robustness and durability.

Coating helps decrease battery costs for electric vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office awarded a $4 million project to a PPG-led team to advance lithium ion battery manufacturing.
We have partnered with Argonne National Laboratory, Navitas Systems and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop novel battery binders and cathode-active materials that can be electrodeposited.
The new lithium ion battery coating system and manufacturing process is water-based to be more environmentally friendly and costs less than current battery cathode coatings. The new process is estimated to reduce cell costs by at least 20 percent while improving battery performance, both of which will support the spread and adoption of electric vehicles. 

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