BUBBLE BARRIER, SYSTEM TO COLLECT THE DISCHARGES OF PLASTICS FROM THE OCEANS

THE GREAT BUBBLE BARRIER IS A SYSTEM DEVELOPED BY THREE DUTCH ENTREPRENEURS THAT CREATES A LARGE BUBBLE BARRIER THAT TRAPS THE PLASTIC BEFORE IT REACHES THE OCEAN.

I hope governments take steps to prevent our oceans from becoming increasingly filled with our waste. Another type of pollution but that does not seem to worry

Throughout the world, rivers pour large amounts of plastic into the sea because of human beings. The pilot study recently conducted on the IJssel River has shown the success of this method.

Francis Zoet, Anne Marieke Eveleens and Saskia Studer are the creators of The Great Bubble Barrier. A system that captures the plastic of the oceans without limit of extension and depth without interfering with ships and fish.

From left to right: Francis Zoet, Anne Marieke Eveleens and Saskia Studer They have managed to create a barrier of air bubbles that trap the plastic. In November 2017, the real tests of this system were carried out on the IJssel river, near Kampen (The Netherlands), of which 80% of the material poured was captured.

It is a project that dates back to 2016, when this project won the contest “The Plastic Free Rivers Marathon” organized by Rijkswaterstaat (government agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands,) and Puur Water Natuurlij (organization national for the defense and control of the environment, especially water).

The system was successfully tested in the laboratory in collaboration with the Rijkswaterstaat team “Self Supporting River System” (SSRS), Deltares and BAM/van den Herik.

Subsequently, a bubble barrier of almost 200 m in length was placed at the mouth of the IJssel for three weeks. The effects of currents and air were measured for the adjustment of the bubble screen.

A crowdfunding campaign was launched so that this system can be permanently installed in the Netherlands and several organizations such as the Plastic Soup Foundation supported the campaign. So far, they only carry 30% of the total amount needed: € 100,000 and the campaign ends this coming April. The goal is to install this system in Asia where, as you know, there are 8 of the 10 most polluted rivers on the planet.

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Source: Sector Maritimo