Non-profit organization The Ocean Cleanup, which is engaged in cleaning the oceans from plastic pollution, introduced a new device that can autonomously collect garbage. While it can be used only near the coast.
To do this, they use a FRED (Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris) catamaran with solar panels. FRED in its structure is very similar to a vacuum cleaner for the ocean. It can extract up to one hundred kilograms of plastic in one flight. In this case, the device can be controlled remotely – using the controller.
Clear Blue Sea is a nonprofit with a mission to cleanse the oceans of plastic pollution using our solar-powered, semi-autonomous Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris, FRED. #plasticpollution pic.twitter.com/yEcXfFSBIW
— Clear Blue Sea (@ClearBlueSeaOrg) September 8, 2019
FRED derives most of its power from solar panels and does not emit any pollution. To collect plastic, the robot moves at a speed of about 2 knots (3.7 km / h), which allows it to collect garbage, like a conveyor belt. The device also has a built-in warning system that reports the approach of marine animals.
The Washington Post newspaper notes that in June 2020, the company will launch a 15-meter-long robot; it can only collect garbage in open water. During the experimental launch, FRED was kept only 50 m from the coast – the device was able to collect colored plastic and even small tubes.