Polarstern Reaches North Pole with the LFC Biodigester


The German research vessel Polarstern has again reached the North Pole recently.

It left Tromsø, Norway on Augsut 3 with a crew of 44 and 53 scientists. The team is evaluating the extent of the sea ice as well as continuing its evaluation of the ecosystem of the central Arctic Ocean and how it is being impacted by climate change.

In 2019, Polarstern had spent 389 days drifting across ice to conduct a thorough investigation into how climate change has impacted the Earth and what the future of the Arctic Ocean may look like in upcoming years.

Initial findings from this trip revealed that the damage to the ozone layer was more extensive than previously thought, and scientists provided data-backed insights with recommendations on how to reverse the impact.

Of note Power Knot Ocean, a key supplier of food biodigesters to cruise lines, was also on this vessel as the LFC biodigester is the vessel’s main tool for managing food waste and allowed the vessel to spend many months at sea without having to save the waste until the ship returns to shore.

“We congratulate the team on their success and are grateful for the work all the people onboard are doing to help save our planet,” said Iain Milnes, President of Power Knot. “This research project will provide information to help humanity make critical environmental decisions in the near future.”

The LFC biodigester uses a natural process called aerobic digestion in which microorganisms break the food waste into grey water. These machines are an environmentally friendly solution to reduce the carbon footprint and waste generated on lengthy trips.

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