Hydrogels consist of a network of polymer chains that instead of dissolving in water actually absorb water to a level of more than 99 per cent. This gives them the capability to minimize protein and bacterial adhesion.
The hydrogel tricks fouling organisms into perceiving the hull as a liquid instead of a solid surface, greatly hindering their ability to settle. The hydrogel layer is effectively backed up by the silicone, known for its self-cleaning properties.
Se how the technology works
Unique non-reactive polymers form a hydrogel layer between the steel and seawater. Fouling organisms perceive the hull as a liquid and are consequently unable to attach to the hull.