Federal Environment Competition 2011

Awarding of the 21st BundesUmweltWettbewerb (Federal Environment Competition)

In 2011 the Cluster of Excellence awarded the third special prize on the topic "The Future Ocean -- Too Warm, Too High, Too Acidic?". The winners of the BUW (Federal Environment Competition) 2011/2012 were honored for their efforts on Sept. 10, 2011 in the European Academy Otzenhausen in Saarland.

A prize of 750 Euro was awarded to the project "Mit Gift gegen Gift?- Einsatz von Dispergatoren bei der Ölbekämpfung am Beispiel von Corexit im Golf von Mexiko" (Fighting poison with poison? The use of dispersants in battling oil spills: the use of Corexit in the Gulf of Mexico) of three students from the School Center Rübekamp in Bremen: Thomas Marquardt, Sven Verlaat  and Dilan Genc.  The students investigated the effects of the tenside Corexitin on the oceans by means of research and experiments and were able to demonstrate alternatives for battling oil spills in the ocean.

Two students from Berlin, Felix Winkler and Franz Radke  from the Heinrich-Hertz-Gymnasium were awarded a prize of 500€ for their project DNSail - Schiffsantrieb der Zukunft? (DNSail - Ship Propulsion of the Future?. They looked at using Flettner rotors on ships. By means of construction adaptations and propulsion measurements in a self-made wind tunnel they tested and optimised the resistance of various models of Flettner rotors and developed a foldable Flettner rotor with accompanying software. 

General informationen (in German) about the competition can be found at: http://www.buw-home.de