The giant plastic islands in our oceans is no secret. 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic currently float in what is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Employees here at Powertechnics Inc. take this issue very seriously and have often wondered how this cleanup could get started. Well here’s our answer!
This fleet of 60 autonomous floats, each 600 meters in length, are being tested before going out on their own to round up the plastic in the Pacific ocean. Each harnesses the power of wind, waves, current, and the sun to maneuver in a U-shaped formation through the highest concentrations of plastic. They are equipped with lights, anti-collision systems, cameras, sensors, and satellite antennas; and each system actively communicates its position at all times. Attached at the bottom of them there is a 3 meter long net that collects smaller particles below the surface while also creating a down draft to encourage wildlife to swim below it. This fleet is expected to pick up 50 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every 5 years.