23 Mar 2020 - Focusing on materials, ocean cleaning technology, reuse, and changing the value chain, Norwegian companies have come far in developing solutions and technology that can help to combat plastic pollution and plastic in the ocean. Here are some examples.
Using offshore technology to collect plastic pollution
It is imperative to find effective ways of removing plastic pollution that is about to cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem. Ideally plastic waste should be picked up before it sinks to the seabed or before weather, wind and sun break it down into microplastics.
Collecting floating ocean waste is much more complicated than collecting litter on land. Norway, however, has world-leading expertise in constructing and operating installations in harsh offshore conditions. Companies are building on this expertise to devise effective solutions for ocean cleaning and collecting plastic pollution from the water’s surface.
The company SpillTech, for example, is a specialist in oil spill response systems. It has used its knowledge of oil skimming technology to develop the PortBin range of solutions for collecting floating ocean waste: PortBin fixed, PortBin robot, and TrashTrawl. The devices collect floating waste from port areas, rivers and other small bodies of water. Already in use in ports in Scandinavia and the UK, Spilltech’s solutions all help to stop plastic waste reaching the ocean.
Clean Sea Solutions, meanwhile, has developed the Clean Sea Robot. This autonomous, electric, aqua drone “sweeps up” plastic waste from the ocean surface with the help of computer vision and remote sensing. The collected trash is stored on board, and when the device is full, it returns to a dedicated docking station to be emptied and recharged for the next mission. The company is also developing a model that can function below the surface for more in-depth ocean cleaning.
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