Through a collaboration between Port of Rotterdam Authority and academic institutions such as Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Port Innovation Lab with the Delft University of Technology new innovations in the line of “do good” drones are starting to make their appearance in the ports. Among the emerging breeds of Water Drones are the “AquaSmartXL” and the “Waste Shark”. The AquaSmartXL is a useful alternative to port surveillance that would normally require a man-operated boat burning fuel. The unmanned Waste Shark is able to collect around 500 kg of wast in the water through its mouth-like opening 35 cm below the surface of the water. It is around the size of a average four door car.
An AquaSmartXL in the port of Rotterdam.
Prototype fleet of Waste Sharks along with drone port charging stations.
Another look at the garbage-collecting Waste Shark.
Loon Copter: The Air + Surface + Underwater Drone (winner of 2016 Drones for Good Competition)
Check out this video on this new Drone technology developed through Oakland University.
Here is their team’s website. Not a bad achievement and milestone. Thumbs up.
What a great contest to hold. This is BIG!
In their mission statement the UAE Government says they “…invite the most innovative and creative minds to find solutions that will improve people’s lives and provide positive technological solutions to modern day issues.”
There is a new 2017 competition being held. Click on the graphic above to visit their site for more info!
Who knows what all of the inventors will create, keeping in mind it is for good…a lot could come of such a competition despite their being only one “winner” we may all benefit from the hundreds of new inventions.
Link to article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29631332
When I first starting bringing up the discussion on earth clean up with people a few mentioned hearing about this boy named Boyan Slat a couple years back.
Above is a representation of his invention to clean plastic from the ocean. Inspiring to hear the efforts that are emerging.
Another article on Boyan Slat: http://inhabitat.com/19-year-old-student-develops-ocean-cleanup-array-that-could-remove-7250000-tons-of-plastic-from-the-worlds-oceans/