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Stark company has a microscopic solution for a big corrosion problem
Tesla Nanocoatings announces breakthrough process
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Tim Rudell
 
Natural Gas Transmission Infrastructure
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A Massillon company is getting international attention for developing a new way to protect natural gas pipelines and offshore drilling rigs from corrosion -- at a molecular level.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that they’re using carbon nanotubes.

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Energy infrastructure tends to be continuously exposed to the elements, which makes corrosion a constant challenge along with the potential for leaks, spills and worse.

There was an idea back in the 1980s to use carbon nanotubes to make super strong anti-corrosion coatings. But doing that affordably remained elusive until Telsa Nanocoatings said this week that it has successfully completed its decade-long development of a new coating process.

Company founder Todd Hawkins says, “It’s about increasing reliability and making things safer.  We consider ourselves a greener technology and providing safer infrastructure for the environment. And we’re doing it in a modern fashion.  It’s challenging sometimes, but also rewarding.”

Investment and trade publications from London to Seoul have been writing about an anticipated breakthrough for more than a year.

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