Environmentally-friendly coating reduces maintenance costs for ships

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As anyone who has owned a boat can attest, a major annoyance are the barnacles, algae and muscles that quickly cover the hull below the waterline. These organisms cause ‘biofouling’, which damages the paintwork and increases the ship’s weight and flow resistance. This, in turn, causes greater fuel consumption and higher CO2 emissions. Protective paints can prevent this growth, but these can also release pollutants and toxic chemicals into the water. Now, a research team with the Functional Nanomaterials working group at Kiel University, in partnership with Kiel spin-off Phi-Stone AG, have created an environmentally-friendly anti-biofouling paint. The paint, which…

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