SEA & RIVER VAX project overview

 

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Combined plastic discharge coupling and survey drone landing pad.

 

150 ton holding tank for collected ocean or river waste.

 

 

 

5083 alloy hull for corrosion free service life. Specifications.

 

 

Large 220 m2 area of photovoltaic panels as arrays that track the sun autonomously.

Up to 20kW wind turbines boom mounted to track wind autonomously.

 

 

Trimaran hull configuration for stability at sea.

Modular construction to simplify production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large (patent) 2-stage 13.5 meter filter-collector head to vacuum up plastic particles - with adjustable operating height and safety features to protect marine life.

 

 

2015 - SeaVax started life as a project by Bluebird Marine Systems with the build of a 1/20th scale proof of concept model (POC) that was exhibited at Innovate UK on the 9th and 10th November. The idea was to create a vessel that can clean vast areas of water using only solar and wind energy, to avoid adding to global warming. It was seen as a tool to recycle a valuable resource that is presently being wasted and is damaging marine ecology.

 

 

Chris Close with the SeaVax model sucking plastic from a test tank

 

OCEAN CLEANING MACHINES - This is what SeaVax looked like in 2016. The draft specification is for a vessel capable of filtering seawater using only energy from nature, so not adding to climate change and acid oceans. The vessel needs to be of a size to cope with 8 million tons of plastic entering the sea every year, operating in numerically containable fleets to transport recovered plastic to land for recycling.

 

 

2016 - Bluebird Marine Systems (BMS) built a robot lab and a water test tank, then conducted model trials in water where micro and macro size floating plastic put in the tank was recovered by the POC model quite effectively proving the filtration concept. BMS conceived a low cost portable boatyard that doubled as an amphibious beach launching system to reduce production costs. This phase of development was supported by crowdfunding via Avaaz. BMS suffered a significant net loss during this time and could not keep operating as it was.

 

 

A low cost portable boatyard with launch and recovery capabilities

 

2017 - The Cleaner Ocean Foundation took over SeaVax to keep the project alive, further developing the SeaVax portable boatyard theme (launcher) called AmphiMax in 1/20th scale. An application for Horizon 2020 funding in 2017 was not ranked high enough in the pecking order putting the project back a year. Three trademarks were secured at no cost to the Foundation. The rebuild of a VW tour bus for ocean awareness events continued at a slower pace (an ongoing project) for future promotions.

 

 

 

2018 - Through 2018 workshop facilities were improved by volunteers to include lining a leaking underground water tank with GRP to empty the water basin into, fitting fans to be able simulate storm conditions and adding a gantry loading system for the water test tank. Seawater filtration was advanced with help from a postgraduate marine biologist from the National Oceanography Center, Southampton. A 10 Year Plan was published and lobbying of the G20, United Nations and other international organizations began, attracting encouraging replies, but no offers of support.

 

 

 

2019 - Patent rights were secured at no cost to the Foundation. A smartphone ocean awareness game is nearing launch and a quarter scale test rig is being developed to prove the wind and solar energy harvesting theory of the SeaVax concept at quarter scale, with input from a masters degree student from Université de Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech. A patent application is being drafted in relation to ocean cleaning and filtration based on unpublished research. Again, at no cost to the Foundation. Ocean literacy is also important to make the public aware of plastic waste, such as the free game. Compared to Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Project, SeaVax has cost around $650k to develop compared to a reported $31m for the boom system, but then the boom project is far more advanced, being already out in the ocean undergoing development.

 

 

Chris Close, SeaVax project director

 

 

WHAT NEXT ?

 

Funding dependent for 2020, the plan is to float a budget 12 meter coastal test rig, building on what has been learned from 2015 to 2019. The term 'coastal' includes river and offshore workboat.

 

If this build can find backing, the design will be modular so that as additional support is achieved, other modules can be added as dedicated work packages - hopefully, involving more degree level students and university collaboration in Europe and Internationally.

 

After successful build and sea trials, the next modules would be the stages of the collection and filtration head, much of which development would be in the Foundation's test tank and workshops in tandem with  - hence at low cost to potential associates - before bolting into the coastal vessel.

 

The Foundation is also looking at other ways of cleaning rivers of microfibers.

 

 

 

 

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

 

Many see plastic packaging as a menace that has no virtues - and at first sight we would have agreed. Whereas, if a system can be developed to effectively recycle plastic on land, in tandem with recovery and recycling from the oceans - then we will have created a plastic cycle that is circular in concept and sustainable. The carbon footprint for plastic is lower in many cases than other packaging mediums. We have a duty to explore the possibilities given the harm we are causing to nature.

 

 

Twelve meter river and coastal development ocean plastic cleaning boat

 

 

Funding being the main limitation as to the speed of development, lobbying is seen as vital to further research as a more dedicated drive toward support for ocean cleaning projects - not just SeaVax - we include any and all promising ocean cleaning projects like the samples listed below. Crowdfunding could help with costs not supported by grants, such as lobbying administration. Corporate sponsorship from like minded concerns is also a possibility for ocean awareness campaigns. At this time volunteers support the project with generous help and free facilities.

 

 

OCEAN CLEANUP PROJECTS

 

* Aliance to end Plastic Waste

* Boyan Slat's ocean booms

* 4Ocean recycled plastic bracelets

* Kulo Luna graphic novel

* Ocean Voyages Institute

* Ocean Waste Plastic

* Seabin

* Sea Litter Critters

* SeaVax autonomous drones

* World Oceans Day

 

 

POSSIBLE SWITCH FROM 'SOCIAL ENTERPRISE' TO 'COMMERCIAL VENTURE'

 

The development log-jam stems from the fact that nobody is willing to accept responsibility for recovering plastic in international or in territorial waters. Hence, there is no customer - and without a customer - there is nobody to charge, hence no business.

 

Beach cleaners do not charge for sweeping beaches, they are funded by charitable donations and volunteers. Councils do not pay them for cleaning the beaches, but they do pay (and charge householders and businesses) for sweeping the streets and emptying bins. Yet (in the UK) the shore belongs to the Crown, and there is a 10 mile territorial coast.

 

Logically then, the Crown should either pay contractors to sweep plastic from their waters, or provide that service themselves. In India and the USA, the Government (municipalities) are paying for river cleaning.

 

In the UK there is a £0.05p tax on plastic bags that could be paid to beach cleaners to offset their costs. For example, the Waitrose supermarket chain in the UK supports the Marine Conservation Society from the bag tax.

 

If it were that nations bordering shorelines were to agree to pay for landed plastic collected in their geographical region, we might pass the SeaVax project to any waste recycling business willing to carry forward the torch, when they might devise a Business Plan and attract investors.

 

Until then we have a stalemate situation, with marine life suffering as a result of indecision.

 

The Foundation will write open letters to the G20 and the United Nations this year to confirm acceptance or refusal of responsibility for plastic emanating from their rivers and shores.

 

 

LINKS & REFERENCE

 

http://gpsworld.com/rio-olympics-clean-up-bay-with-gps-helicopters/

http://cleanearthfuture.com/seavax-robotic-vacuum-ship/

 

 

Whale shark about to eat a plastic bag

 

WHAT DRIVES US - It is pictures like this whale shark swimming in garbage that it is about to ingest that makes our blood boil. What are we doing, letting a situation like this develop? The fish eat the plastic and we eat the toxic fish. We are slowly poisoning ourselves and our world.

 

 

 

 

 

ABS - BIOMAGNIFICATION - CANCER - CARRIER BAGS - COTTON BUDS - DDT - FISHING NETS - HEAVY METALS - MARINE LITTER - MICROBEADS  

MICRO PLASTICS - NYLON - OCEAN GYRES - OCEAN WASTE - PACKAGING - PCBS - PET - PETROLEUM - PLASTIC - PLASTICS -  POLYCARBONATE

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