Sustainability can be an intimidating notion for our customers in the oil and gas industry. As environmental concerns regarding fossil fuels from the general public seem to increase exponentially every year, many oil, gas, and other industrial companies have begun setting sustainability initiatives. Some are choosing to pivot away from their oil and gas roots altogether. However, a drastic or rushed solution can lead to unforeseen pitfalls. In order for companies to effectively transition to more sustainable practices, it is imperative that they work steadily toward realistic, achievable goals, rather than rushing to poorly implement measures that may end up having undesired effects in the long run.
One simple way that your company can work toward meeting sustainability goals in the industrial world is to protect your steel assets with low VOC epoxy nanocoatings. Our low VOC primers and topcoats can significantly improve the sustainability of your operations. In addition, you won’t find carbon nanotube (CNT) technology employed by any other coating company but ours- and we’re happy to tell you more about how our coatings can help your practice meet its sustainability goals.
Low VOC Epoxy NanoCoatings vs. Traditional Coatings
To understand the advantages of our low VOC epoxy nanocoatings, it is important to first understand where traditional coatings leave room for improvements in sustainability.
Environmental Effects of Traditional Coatings
Traditional coating products including primers and topcoats are known to commonly contain a high concentration of VOCs. This can be noticed most during the initial application process, during which traditional coating elements exude potent fumes with a high concentration of VOCs. This is especially problematic when you consider the extended application times of traditional coatings, which can take days or even weeks to complete.
While the application process may be the most obvious instance of VOC release, traditional coatings can continue to discharge VOCs into the atmosphere for days after the initial application in a process known as “off-gassing”.
Off-gassing presents both hazards to worker safety and harm to the surrounding air quality. Continuous, prolonged exposure to VOCs is known to cause respiratory issues for on-site personnel, from treatable diseases to cancer. As for the environmental impact, VOCs can react with surrounding air molecules to form ozone, a potent greenhouse gas.
How Low VOC Epoxy NanoCoatings Minimize Environmental Impact
Our TESLAN Low VOC epoxy nanocoatings have a significantly smaller impact on the environment than traditional coating primers do. Our nanocoatings are formulated differently to contain a smaller concentration of VOCs to begin with, so there are less VOC particles to be released into the air over time. Environmental impact is further reduced thanks largely in part to the quick application time of TESLAN coatings. Our entire coating systems, including our low VOC epoxy primers and corresponding topcoats, can be applied in just a single visit. This drastically cuts the amount of time that VOCs have to escape the coating while wet, and off-gassing is nearly eliminated as a result of the low VOC concentration combined with quick application time.
How the Longevity of Our Low VOC Epoxy NanoCoatings Improves Sustainability
There are many benefits that come with the longevity of our low VOC epoxy, one of which is improved sustainability.
Despite their claims of durability, traditional 3-step coating systems commonly fail in just 3 to 5 years after application. These failures can emerge as a result of repeated abrasion that damages the coating. As failure advances, pieces of the coating will begin to flake off. In the case that good housekeeping practices are employed, this doesn’t necessarily result in pollution, but offshore operations will need to follow strict maintenance schedules to keep their operations clean.
In stark contrast, Tesla NanoCoatings are engineered to last even when employed in the harshest environments and applications. When you consider that our very first customers still have yet to experience failure of their protective nanocoating, the proof is easy to see.
Thanks to the superior coating adhesion facilitated by our low VOC epoxy primers and the durability of our low VOC epoxy topcoats, the risk of pollution as a result of a nanocoating failure is miniscule. Since our nanocoatings reduce the need for reapplication and maintenance compared to traditional coatings, they reduce the release of VOCs overall for increased sustainability benefits.
Low VOC Epoxy Coatings from Tesla NanoCoatings
At Tesla NanoCoatings you can find comprehensive low VOC epoxy coating systems for a variety of applications. We provide two-coat systems, accent color topcoats, non-skid deck coatings, and more.
Low VOC Epoxy Topcoats
We have a wide selection of low VOC epoxy topcoats, each engineered for different applications. Our nanocoating experts can help you select the appropriate topcoat for your project’s needs.
Standard Low VOC Epoxy Primers
There are two standard low VOC epoxy primers offered by Tesla NanoCoatings: 1101 and 1102. These coatings contain both carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and zinc in different concentrations. Our team can guide you through the primer selection process to ensure that your steel assets get the protection they need.
ISO Certified Low VOC Epoxy Primers
Beyond our standard line, we also offer ISO tested low VOC epoxy primers. These primers adhere to ISO 12944-9 standards for protection of steel and metallic substrates in harsh environments including CX, IM4, tidal & splash zones.
When it comes time to install your next protective coating, consider taking the opportunity to improve your facility’s sustainability with a low VOC epoxy nanocoating system from Tesla NanoCoatings. Our low VOC epoxy combined with CNT technology make for a sustainable solution that’s hard to beat.
To learn more about the technologies that define Tesla NanoCoatings, visit our About Page. If you’re interested in utilizing our quick coatings in your offshore, marine, or midstream operations, contact us today.