A new system designed by a postgraduate from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art (RCA) aims to challenge the perception that removing plastics from the ocean is too expensive or unfeasible.
Robert Edwin Rouse's design, Remora, is billed as a hybrid turbo-machinery system for the reclamation and prevention of ocean plastics, providing marine energy and propulsion, while removing micro plastics from the water.
"The solutions that have been offered up have been considered cost-prohibitive or they lack the scale needed to tackle the problem," Rouse told Reuters. "The scale of it is huge, there's a large amount of plastic."
By combining two technology streams, Remora filters and removes ocean plastic pollution while providing marine energy or thrust, dependent on whether the variant deployed is the static generator or dynamic thruster.
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