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Wolfgang Flatow is an inventor and champion of sustainable development. In December of 2014 he came up with the idea to build solar powered barges to collect plastic waste from our oceans.
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Once you've seen the credentials of Mr Flatow (see below), you may care to agree that he is most suitably qualified to head a project of this kind.
The above is a diagram of the SBR1, a solar powered barge designed to scoop up ocean plastic waste and deliver it to land cost effectively. A patent has been filed in Australia and is pending at this time. Please note that the above picture is Copyright © Wolfgang Flatow. Unless for personal study or review, you will need permission from the author to copy or publish this picture.
On his website: OceanPlasticReceovery, he is quoted as saying:
"It has occurred to me (12-Dec-2014) that Solar Robotic Barges are a solution." "
The concept is simple and makes economic sense:
Construct a global fleet of Solar Robotic Barges (SRBs).
Wolfgang is an Inventor by profession with many patents to his name. He began his commercial software design and development career in 1985. He has been employed as Senior Systems Analyst and Software Development Manager over 12 years. Wolfgang is the inventor of the patent at the core of uniDap and continues the task of researching the infinite potential and applications of uniDaps genetic architecture. His knowledge stemming from this experience could prove to be invaluable in the development of fleet management software.
Wolfgang Flatow with Raphael Domjan, the original champion and skipper of the PlanetSolar world record navigation boat. No doubt Wolfgang drew his inspiration from projects like that.
Designed and delivered Rio Tinto World Wide Y2K response intranet/extranet.
Wolfgang's solar powered catamaran 'Sunship 1' during the Canberra Solar Boat Race, 17 October 1995 at Lake Burley Griffin.
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A mini-barge with skips to unload at the dockside using conventional waste disposal trucks - as used in rivers for clearing waste.
Barges are used today for low-value bulk items, as the cost of hauling goods by this method is low - and that is the bottom line. Barges are also used for very heavy or bulky items; a typical barge measures 195 by 35 feet (59.4 m × 10.6 m), and can carry up to about 1500 tons of cargo. They are thus suitable for plastic waste, but not seaworthy - and not solar powered.
Self-propelled barges may be used as such when traveling downstream or upstream in placid waters; they are operated as an
un-powered barge, with the assistance of a tugboat, when traveling upstream in faster waters. Canal barges are usually made for the particular canal in which they will operate.
barges being towed by a single tugboat on the River Thames, London,
England. This is a common sight in many harbors around the world.
barges on the Grand
Canal of China near Yangzhou,
Note that the pilots use the river, passing on both sides of craft coming
the other way.
towboat pushing a barge on the Chicago
number of coal barges being pushed to their destination, Ohio River, Pittsburgh,
As an example of using barges to carry heavy loads, on June 26, 2006, a 565-ton catalytic cracking unit reactor was shipped by barge from the Tulsa Port of Catoosa in Oklahoma to a refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Extremely large objects are normally shipped in sections and assembled onsite, but shipping an assembled unit reduced costs and avoided reliance on construction labor at the delivery site (which in this case was still recovering from Hurricane Katrina). Of the reactor's 700-mile (1,100 km) journey, only about 40 miles were traveled overland, from the final port to the refinery. See the picture above of the barge carrying one of the Space Shuttle's external fuel tanks, as another example.
ECO BARGE CLEAN SEAS INC.
Libby Edge founded Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. (EBCS), is an Australian organisation that is dedicated to protecting and preserving the ocean for the future generations, with the name coming from their trusty barge - and presumably the connotation of a large organizational movement - which it is. EBCS, the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program and the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre have come about through Libby's passion for the aquatic environment and the realization of the devastating effects that marine debris is inflicting on local marine life.
The company was established to protect marine animals and the ocean environment in the Whitsunday Region of Australia, with the aim of removing existing marine debris and seeking to reduce the amount of debris that enters their waterways.
One of the Whitsundays' own was in the running to take home a Queensland wide award. Libby Edge, director of Eco Barge Services is one of just three finalists in the Peabody Environment and Landcare Award, through the state-wide Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
Upon hearing the news, Libby said she was lost for words, though she has put the achievement down to a combined effort. Although this is an individual award, by no means would I have this opportunity without the support from my precious sponsors, the 200 volunteers who have donned the gloves to help collect marine debris from our coastline, and the support from my husband and kids. Libby is quoted as saying: "I really want to thank the community for embracing our Marine Debris Removal Program. We are hoping this award will help promote our program and help us find the funding our program needs to continue protecting our islands and marine life from the threats of marine debris."
achieve cleaner beaches and seas through the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program which encourages members of the community to become proactive in collecting marine debris from our beaches and
coastline. This initiative is coupled with educational and awareness activities within the community
and the importance of thoughtful waste disposal.
TEAM PICTURE - Andrea Scharneck, Simona Paganetto, Savina Cornacchia, Ninni Tarrant, David Young, Tony Dunn, Skye Briggs and Libby Edge on the Eco Barge.
ECO Barge Clean Seas reached a milestone this week, running its 150th clean-up trip since the launch of the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program in July 2009.
AUSTRALIAN MARINE DEBRIS INITIATIVE
Tangaroa Blue Foundation coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, which is a network of volunteers, organisations, industry groups and government agencies who are focused on the removal of marine debris from our marine environments, as well as the tracking of marine debris sources and the implementation of practical solutions to keep our oceans healthier.
Tangaroa Blue Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation focused on the health of our marine environment, and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and agencies around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline.
According to the Tangaroa Foundation, 18,000 pieces of plastic are estimated to float in every square kilometre of ocean, and 276 species worldwide including 77 Australian species are impacted by marine debris.
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The barge that makes the eco clean up activities possible - and of course the volunteers, without which the work vessel would be useless - unless it was robotic, and that is where the SBR1 (top of page) in Australia, and SeaVax in the UK may get a look in.
Our love affair with plastic is choking the oceans. Once people know about it, they want to stop it. But how? The next question is who? Obviously, if any of the researchers involved so far had come up with a solution, they would have sorted it years ago. We are a practical think-tank fresh to the issue and without a budget. We hope to be able to collaborate with other marine organisations that are funded for this work, or who have funds to investigate viable projects. You cannot donate to us directly on this site, but we hope to identify partner sites shortly where you can support a project much like that proposed herein, or better still, our own practical experiments with the SeaVax concept.
The above is a diagram of the SBR1, seen from overhead. This solar powered barge is designed to scoop up ocean plastic waste and deliver it to land cost effectively. Please note that the above picture is Copyright © Wolfgang Flatow. Unless for personal study or review, you will need permission from the author to copy or publish this picture.
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