Yesterday, LG Sonic received an award for a project with the Royal Netherlands Navy to apply ultrasound technology on a marine vessel to prevent the growth of biofouling. Biofouling growth increases the drag on a hull which results that a ship can consume up to 40% more fuel and correspondingly produce 40% more CO2 emissions. The P.J.S de Jong Innovation award, organized by TNO, Organisation of Applied Scientific Research, was awarded during the TNO Maritime and Offshore Innovation Day in the RDM Campus in Rotterdam.
The winner, Ortega Submersibles, was announced during the TNO Maritime and Offshore Innovation day on Wednesday 12 October 2016. In total three innovations were nominated that contributed to the connection between the military and the maritime industry. The jury rewarded the biofouling prevention technology from LG Sonic as one of the nominees for its relevance and international potential.
Prevent biofouling and reduce fuel consumption on marine vessels
In the fall of 2016, a 12-month pilot project will start to apply this biofouling prevention technology on a 130-meter long marine frigate. The objective of the project is to measure the effectivity of LG Sonic devices as an alternative solution for antifouling coatings. The disadvantage of using these coatings is that it they can either be harmful for the environment, expensive and/or ineffective. The solution is to deploy a system that transmits ultrasonic waves of specific frequencies throughout the ship’s hull in order to prevent and control biofouling.
LG Sonic ultrasonic algae and biofouling control
LG Sonic has more than 10 years of experience in applying ultrasound technology to control algae and biofouling. LG Sonic products provide an environmentally friendly solution to effectively control algae and biofouling in lakes, reservoirs, treatment plants, and other applications. Over the last decade, more than 10,000 LG Sonic products have been successfully installed in 52 different countries.