Lula 1000

Science

Sponsoring

Evonik supporting search for giant squid.


For more than five years, Evonik is supporting a project by the non-government foundation called Stiftung Rebikoff-Niggeler. The foundation has a submarine that was built exclusively for the purpose of seeking out the legendary Architeuthis squid in its natural habitat and filming it. The centerpiece of the Lula 1000, as the submarine has been christened, is the observation dome made of PLEXIGLAS®, which is a material manufactured by Evonik.
Evonik is a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA products sold under the PLEXIGLAS® trademark on the European, Asian, African and Australian continents and under the ACRYLITE® trademark in the Americas.

What kind of vessel is the Lula1000?

The Lula is a submersible that was specifically developed for exploring the habitat of deep-sea squids.
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Development of submersibles

Humans have attempted to design diving suits that would extend underwater stays beyond the capacity of their lungs since antiquity.
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What is the purpose of the catamaran ADA Rebikoff?

Although the Lula1000 can move independently at the surface, she is transported within the catamaran ADA Rebikoff over longer distances.
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Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation

The Fundação Rebikoff-Niggeler was established in 1994 on the Azores island of Faial by the German Joachim Jakobsen.
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Mythical creature

For millennia, the discovery of dead giant squids or the rare encounters with live specimens at the water surface have inspired human imagination.
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Architeuthis – what we know today

International research teams are trying to locate and videotape a giant squid in its natural habitat.
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Evonik is a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA products sold under the PLEXIGLAS® trademark on the European, Asian, African and Australian continents and under the ACRYLITE® trademark in the Americas.

What is PLEXIGLAS®?

PLEXIGLAS® is one of the world's best-known synthetic material brands and has become the epitome of acrylic glass.
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Viewing dome for Lula1000

The requirements for the PLEXIGLAS® dome of the Lula1000 are easily summarized: The cockpit has to withstand the enormous pressure of deep water and be invisible under water.
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Evonik is a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA products sold under the PLEXIGLAS® trademark on the European, Asian, African and Australian continents and under the ACRYLITE® trademark in the Americas.

Position and origin of the Azores

The Azores are Europe's westernmost outpost. Flores Island is the most western point in Europe, although it is located on the North American Plate.
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History of the Azores

Seafaring nations have always been interested in the Azores because of their favorable location in the Atlantic.
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The Azores as a travel destination

The Azores are an increasingly popular tourist destination. They offer an immense variety of plants and animals, versatile weather, and are a paradise for hikers.
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Whales in the Azores

The "vigias" at the shores of the Azores are reminders of the time when whale hunting was the main source of income for local people.
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Evonik is a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA products sold under the PLEXIGLAS® trademark on the European, Asian, African and Australian continents and under the ACRYLITE® trademark in the Americas.

How the giant squid was discovered

Children are more familiar with giant squids in the form of a "giant octopus" that appears in stories, non-fiction books, and cartoons.
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Squids, octopuses, and their relatives

Although squids and octopuses can swim and breathe underwater like fish and in some cases even have fins, they are part of the mollusk family, making them more closely related to snails than to fish.
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What are submarines?

There is no question that ships and boats float in water. As long as the air in a ship's hold is lighter than the water the ship displaces, it will not sink.
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Evonik is a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA products sold under the PLEXIGLAS® trademark on the European, Asian, African and Australian continents and under the ACRYLITE® trademark in the Americas.

LULA1000 featured on BBC

The submersible LULA1000, which is sponsored by Evonik, plays a prominent role in a documentary broadcast by BBC2.
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Exploration of the deep sea

Essen, July 22, 2015 - Evonik Industries AG, Essen (Germany), has agreed to continue supporting the non-profit Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation for two additional years
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Underwater shots of Lula1000

Find fascinating underwater shots on the Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation's website.
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Coral reef discovered

The Lula1000 has made a first discovery, which is grabbing the attention of marine biologists.
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Deep-sea researchers go underground

Kirsten and Joachim Jakobsen, whose non-profit Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation is supported by Evonik, fulfilled their dream.
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Evonik is a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA products sold under the PLEXIGLAS® trademark on the European, Asian, African and Australian continents and under the ACRYLITE® trademark in the Americas.

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