German Pilot Team implements Biofouling Test at Kiel Marine Farm
Figure 2: Left: Installation of bio fouling test at Kiel Marine Farm. Right: Eva Strothotte (German Pilot Lead) and Tim Staufenberger (CEO of KMF) supervising the installation.
Seven Weeks later…
…the biofouling test was de-installed and the organisms that have settled on the equipment, predominantly algae, were analysed. Comparing the antifouling effect of UVC light and other measures, the UVC light clearly prevented fouling much more effectively. However, “this might only be because the interval of other treatments was too long and a more frequent treatment would have prevented fouling more effectively”, stated the offshore engineer of the German Pilot team, Julian Pforth.
“This test gave us valuable information on the efficiency of different anti fouling approaches in combination with distinct coatings. Now it is time to make a decision about our next steps and potential offshore bio fouling trials at FINO3”, Eva Strothotte, lead of the German Pilot, states excitedly. She explains, that “this trial is not just about bio fouling, but rather an attempt to work out the logistics behind environmental sound antifouling solutions”.