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‘Manta’ Sailing Yacht Designed to Feed on Plastic Waste for Power–While Cleaning Oceans

Manta Rendering, The SeaCleaners

A professional yacht broker, annoyed by the constant sightings of floating mats of plastic garbage in seawater, has created an ocean cleaning sailboat that runs on the debris it collects.

The 184-foot (56-meter) Manta is runner Yves Bourgnon’s first offering SeaCleaners Project, and would be one of the largest waste collection vessels in the seas, according to Reuters.

At the end of the movie Return to the future, Dr. Emmet Brown has succeeded in replacing his plutonium generator with one that uses common garbage. Like the DeLorean in the movie, the Manta uses garbage to power an electric motor that works in conjunction with the sails to propel the large catamaran.

Between the three pontoons, the conveyor belts collect trash as small as 10 millimeters, over which the Manta slides, while three trailing nets trailing behind (at a depth of 1 meter, thus avoiding marine life) add up to the collection on board. This trash is then fed to a processing machine where crew members sort it before moving it to an incinerator that melts the plastic and uses the gases in a turbine to power the electric motor.

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Together with solar panels lining the decks and a wind turbine that collects energy from the wind coming out of the sails, the Manta would be 70% self-sufficient in terms of energy, allowing it to navigate absorbing 3 tons of debris per hour. almost never having to go back to the port and refuel or unload plastic.

There is also space on board for a scientific laboratory, which allows marine biologists and chemists to study the effects of plastic on the ecosystem.

Revealed purely as a concept, the SeaCleaners want to put a working prototype in the waves by 2024. Bourgnon believes that if 400 of the ships were made, they could eventually remove 33% of the ocean’s plastic pollution.

(WATCH how the boat would work in the next video).

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