A Random Environmentalist: The WasteShark in Action – Oceanographic

A new plastic-eating invention is taking a “bite” out of ocean pollution and making a difference in the global fight to clean up oceans and waterways. Inspired by nature and created to preserve nature, the WasteShark’s design and purpose was modeled after slow filter feeding whale sharkone of nature’s most efficient cutters of marine biomass.

The WasteShark is an invention of Richard Hardiman, CEO of RanMarine technology, a drone technology company based in the Netherlands. As Mr. Hardiman puts it, he invented a machine. In doing so, as his little son profoundly said, he created a life for his family out of his head. Mr. Hardiman took an idea that popped out of nowhere into his self-described noisy mind, stepped away from his extreme devotion to procrastination, and just did it. He acted; He carried out the idea. You see, many people have great ideas, but what separates a successful idea from a passing brilliant thought that goes nowhere is execution.

The product, which is expected to help eliminate plastic pollution, was first launched in the canals of the Netherlands in 2017. This realization of an idea swirling in one man’s brain is now on a journey to protect the world’s waterways from the marine debris that threatens to suffocate them. This new innovation replaces the traditional, less efficient method of removing marine debris: people on boats armed with nets.

The idea is simple: After devouring plastic, microplastics, alien and pest vegetation such as algae and all kinds of flotsam in its mouth, it returns to land to dispose of the waste. In addition to this ability to collect debris, RanMarine has pioneered the collection of live data from on-water drones to measure water health quality. The WasteShark is designed for 24/7 waste collection, but can also send water status data back to a central command point. With a capacity of 180 liters (47.5 gallons) and an eight hour run time, this hardworking robot can remove 500 kg (1100 lb) of waste per day.

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