Earlier this year in March I was one of 50,476 people who donated to a campaign run by Avaaz to help get SeaVax from Phase I into Phase II.
SeaVax drones make up a team of vessels they call SeaNet that collect trash and pump it into a 150-tonne capacity holding bay. Water that gets filtered through comes out the rear of the ship. Once the transports are full they can be transported ashore on solar powered barges so the waste can then be recycled.
They are even developing sensors for SeaVax to be able to power down when marine life is detected in its trajectory. Due to its adaptable solar panel equipment and a couple of small wind turbines, they estimate SeaVax could treat 89.9 million liters of seawater a year. BlueBird Marine Systems (maker of SeaVax) quotes the SeaVax price at around $3 million dollars per unit. The figure the cleanup cost, based on that price point would be around $1.49 USD per kg of trash collected.
The SeaVax even made an appearance at the Olympics in Rio!
Check out more on SeaVax from BlueBird Marine System’s website.