Bluebird Marine Systems is developing green transport technology, with a priority to complete a prototype ocean going boat that filters plastic waste from seawater, using only energy harvested from nature.
Plastic pollution is a major issue worldwide with around 8 million tons in 5 ocean gyres. The plastic is ingested by fish that ends up on our dinner plates. Plastic is generally harmful to ocean ecology and the ocean economy.
A vehicle that can operate in fleets could make a significant impact on ocean pollution and the technology could pave the way for zero carbon marine transport of the future.
SeaVax is a boat around 44 meters in length that has solar wings and wind turbine generators to power electric pumps and filters that work to suck up plastic solids and micro plastics, then treat and store that plastic in a temporary cargo hold of around 150 tons capacity, until it can be offloaded to a larger tanker and taken to land for recycling. Working in a fleet, these autonomous robotic boats could keep plastic buildup contained and significantly reduce the existing ocean gyres in around 5 - 10 years, cost effectively.