The patented technologies of Luritek mimic nature’s own processes for controlling marine biofouling. By facilitating the development of selective, beneficial biofilms, utilizing engineered substrates, fouling is managed through the principle of stenopropholicity.
When a treated surface is introduced to fresh or salt water, a biofilm of local and naturally occurring organisms forms. The biofilm consortium gradually biodegrades the coating as a food source. This biofilm provides a variety of functional benefits, including the production of natural repellents for nearly all unwanted marine biofouling species– a biological phenomenon known as Allelopathy. The result is a surface free of hard fouling. Further, the formation of a slippery barrier film reduces drag, offering additional benefits, for example allowing vessels to move more freely and quickly through the water.
Luritek’s technologies are engineered, in fact required, to support life.
Traditional antifouling technologies are formulated to be poisonous to marine species. They function by leaching toxic combinations of metals and organic biocides to kill fouling species. While these technologies can be effective at keeping submerged surfaces temporarily clean, the collateral damage to the environment can be significant. Many of these technologies have already been banned, and others are under significant scrutiny by local and national governments, international agencies and environmental organizations.