RIVERVAX

 

CLIMATE/ACID NEUTRAL, COST EFFECTIVE

RIVER CLEANING WORKBOATS

RiverVax boats are specifically designed to clean rivers and lakes and remain carbon neutral

 

 

 

RIVERVAX™ TRIALS - Cost effective river pollution monitoring and cleaning all in one. You have to think big to clean a big river. Anything less is a waste of time. It's pointless trying to clean up a huge body of moving water with a teaspoon - you need to cost any system from collection to disposal and include recycling - wherever that is practical - if you are to stand any chance of achieving a Global Circular Economy.

 

 

SEAVAX ADAPTATION TO RIVER CLEANING WORKBOATS

 

The SeaVax concept can be adapted to clean river waste as a RiverVax variation. We will be writing more about this subject as we look at more rivers with problems and define how this vessel may become a useful tool in the global arsenal against pollution. See a PowerPoint slide show here.

 

 

Innovation for Innovate 2015, SeaVax display stand

 

INNOVATION 2015 - The full size RiverVax™ will be capable of extracting plastic or oil from the ocean and surface and river bed pollution from many rivers. We hope to interest appropriate governments departments all over the world as potential partners to both SeaVax™ and RiverVax™ projects.

 

 

 

RIVERVAX™ - Is a potential solution for surface (and subsurface) river and ocean pollution that is cost effective. The value of such a versatile vessel might not be limited to the ability to vacuum the Ganges clean for example, but the blue water version, called SeaVax, could target any area of the high seas that is rich enough in plastic waste to make it worthwhile for the operators.

 

This go anywhere workboat is solar and wind powered, another step forward for any nation that is doing their level best to combat climate change and acid oceans. The vessel is designed to hold 150 tons of waste until it can discharge at sea to a transfer tanker, or dock in port and discharge directly to waiting treatment plants. The stand for this exhibition was made from 95% recycled materials - by way of an example of a circular economy in action. If the same principle was applied to reuse materials wherever possible - a lot of energy could be saved that would otherwise go to making new materials.

 

 

RIVERVAX™ - PROPOSED ORIGINAL (SEAVAX) and (RIVERVAX) TARGET SPECIFICATIONS

 

ORIGINAL SEAVAX™ SPECIFICATIONS:

 

* 150 tons before discharge to a land location by docking.

* Climate neutral - Solar and Wind powered to eliminate NOx and CO emissions for sustainability.

* Cost effective in the long term - with a break even point for plastic recyclers.

* Width = 17 metres x Length = 45 metres (55 x 147.5ft) including drone landing pad.

* Height from river to deck = 4.3 metres (14ft).

* Turbine width = 20.4 (66ft) from turbine (port) tip to (starboard) tip.

* Variable turbine height with fold down to get under bridges.

* Featuring a giant 13.5 meter (44ft) collection head and multiple treatment stages.

 

TARGET  RIVERVAX™ SPECIFICATIONS:

 

* 20 tons before discharge to a riverbank site, dedicated support vehicle or designated dock area.

* Climate neutral - Solar and Wind powered to eliminate NOx and CO emissions for sustainability.

* Cost effective in the long term - with a break even point against other river skimmers.

* Width = 5 metres x Length = 11 metres (16 x 36ft) including a smaller drone landing pad.

* Height from river to deck = 2.5 metres (8ft).

* Turbine width = 6.4 (34ft) from turbine (port) tip to (starboard) tip.

* Variable turbine height with fold down to get under bridges.

* Tidal generator to take advantage of river currents to harvest free energy.

* Featuring a sizeable fixed width 3.0 meter (10ft) collection head and multiple treatment stages.

* Featuring  moveable sweeps to increase the apparent width of the collector head.

 

Bluebird Marine Systems hope to be able to produce RiverVax™ boats locally in partnership with the appropriate geographical administration - creating jobs locally. The SeaVax design is currently the world's largest waterborne vacuum cleaner. Being geared to river conditions, RiverVax is smaller than her big sister.

 

The time to produce the pre-production prototype is estimated to be around 12-18 months from receipt of a confirmed contract order. Contract orders may only be accepted once a fully operational prototype has ironed out any core wrinkles in the design.

While the cost of development models might be higher, mass production could slash operational costs, bringing down the price of individual vessels to meet with our original target price of £3 million pounds per unit and eventually $3 million dollars with mass production.

 

Even at £5-7 million per unit, the break even point in terms of operational savings is very attractive to waste contractors. The price of production will vary from region to region after consideration of factory overheads and labour costs - and is respect of the source of raw materials and component suppliers.

 

Cleaning rivers means cleaner oceans. Cleaner oceans means healthier fish and potential "Blue Growth" recovery.

 

 

    

 

[LEFT] A GREAT START - Many countries are employing machines similar to that above from China. It is an acknowledgement that there is a problem and moves by the local water authorities to do something about it. The main drawback of conventional machines is that they use diesel fossil fuels to pick up plastic and other surface solids, so creating more pollution in terms of NOx and carbon monoxide emissions than they might reasonably offset in recycling river waste. [RIGHT] STATE VISIT - This machine was deployed to clean up a portion of the great river Ganges in anticipation of the Indian Prime Minister's visit. We assume that being diesel powered, countries like Brazil could not afford to use them to clean up Guanabara Bay for the Olympics, for example.

 

 

THE COMPETITION

 

The are many companies worldwide who are producing craft that are manually operated and powered by diesel engines. These craft are essentially capable of collection, commonly called skimming, waste that is floating on the surface of a river.

 

For the most part these boats have a relatively small collection head, made wider by opening side booms hydraulically. A motorized steel wire-link escalator lifts surface solids out of the water, depositing the harvest into a hopper at the rear of the boat. This is later unloaded as or into a skip.

 

Read more about these systems: RIVER SKIMMERS, BALTIMORE WHEEL

 

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IMPORTANT NOTE:  Under no circumstances may our products, or those of any SeaVax or RiverVax partner or subcontractor, be used by any military or law enforcement organization or government, for any warlike, combat, or peacekeeping purposes. Any person, organization or government purchasing SeaVax or RiverVax units will be required to sign a binding undertaking (Deed) to that effect. Any SeaVax or RiverVax unit or any component parts of SeaVax or RiverVax units found to have been purchased by proxy for military purposes or research, will be confiscated, along with civil remedy in respect of breach of contract, that all parties in the chain will be vicariously liable for - to include damages for vehicles developed from our designs without our consent - and possible fraud issue from the deception. In addition to copyright theft, the law of passing-off applies. RiverVax is to be used for peaceful purposes, to clean major rivers and provide healthy waterways. Such mission is not compatible with militaristic objectives.

 

 

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