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Could Marine Robots Clean Up Ocean Trash?

The Veolia Drone concept by Elie Ahovi addresses the global issue of pollution within the world's largest ecosystems.

Carib Guerra
Carib Guerra on July 16, 2012. @statusmassage

Created in response to the world-wide issue of ocean pollution, Veolia is a concept by Elie Ahovi, an industrial design student at the French International School of Design.

There are five major oceanic gyres created by the ocean currents over the planet. In each, and most famously in the North Pacific Gyre, a particularly intense accumulation of man-made debris has been drawn in and trapped by the whirlpool movement of the waters.

The North Pacific Gyre is the worlds largest ecosystem, and the growing amount of plastics and trash is detrimental to the life within it.

Ahovi and fellow classmates Adrien Lefebvre, Philomène Lambaere, Marion Wipliez, Quentin Sorel, Benjamin Lemoal, designed the Veolia Marine Drone as an effective solution to this growing problem which would demand a potentially immense amount of money, time, and human resources.

The cylindrical Drone would move through affected areas scooping waste into its body for up to two weeks before returning to a floating platform for recovery. To ensure that animals were not also collected, the Drone would emit a persistent sound to drive them away.

By deploying a number of Drones along with human waste-recovery teams at different problem areas around the oceans, a major global-issue might be eased in time. At the very least it would begin to be slowed.

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