Solar & Wind-Powered Boat To Suck Up Waste


Inventors from Sussex have developed a concept of solar and wind-powered boat, SeaVax, that can suck up plastic waste.

A proof of concept at the government-funded Innovate U.K. show in London late last year has been provided by the Bluebird Marine Systems.  The company has built a 1:20 scale proof of concept model, and the full-size will be the world’s largest vacuum cleaner.


  • The vessel will be 44 meters (144 feet) long, and will have a suction head some 13.5 meters (44 foot) wide.
  • It will be fully autonomous.
  • Deck-mounted solar panels and two wind turbines will feed power to electric pumps and filters which helps to suck plastic solids and micro plastics.
  • The plastic is stored in a cargo hold capable of holding around 150 tons ready for disposal and recycling on shore.
  • An onboard shredder will help to break up the larger pieces.
  • SeaVax can be equipped with an oil spill recovery module as an accessory item or as the main function.

The concept has gained attention from the people of India for a clean-up solution for the Ganges River.  Also, Nigeria and Australia have shown interest to adapt it for oil cleanup operations.

Disclaimer: This video is intended for informational purpose only.  This may not be construed as a news item or advice of any sort.  Please consult the experts in that field for the authenticity of the presentations.

Video: UPHIGH Productions on YouTube

Source: Bluebird


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