Over 8 million tonnes of plastics are dumped in the oceans every year, half of which floats, and 100% of which breaks down into ever smaller particles.

Over 8 million tonnes of plastics are dumped in the oceans every year, half of which floats, and 100% of which breaks down into ever smaller particles.

What Are We Doing?

Ocean Polymers has developed and is rolling out a solution which collects AND processes plastic waste at the same location.

We can bring this system, onboard our factory ship, directly to the problem, in any of the world’s oceans. We will be making valuable products such as hydrogen and synthetic gases, building materials and substrates which can be used to make solar cells.

The benefits of this scheme are multiple.  Not only will we remove plastics which are harmful to marine life from open sea and coastlines, but the system will power itself, and indeed the ship. After initial outlay Ocean Polymers will also become self-funding so that ongoing finance will not be necessary.

There is unfortunately, plenty of “low hanging fruit” in marine plastics which make the surveillance component of our program initially of secondary importance. There are many sites around the world, not least in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, and in regions like the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and large parts of China, where the marine plastic pollution is all too evident. The issue then is for us to provide modular collection, sorting and processing plants, preferably connected directly to a refining and manufacturing capacity, which will allow us to immediately address these problem areas. We will aim to re-educate local people over the nature all the plastic: it’s a resource, not a problem, and in fact is very valuable. But the first part is surveying the hot-spots for plastics, and this is going to be undertaken by advanced drone technologies.

Initially, collection will be manual and served merely to feed the mobile modular processing and manufacturing unit. We will however immediately start developing the underwater and water surface drones which will trail collection nets. Once the nets have reached capacity, they will be automatically released with a location balloon, for collection by the Autonomous Surface Collection Units. ASCUs will take the plastics back to the factory ship for processing. Our team has considerable marine engineering expertise, and we will seek to extend capability of our collection drones to a wide range of surface conditions. Like our surveillance drones, our collection drones will be powered by solar or fuel cells. Hydrogen fuel for the fuel cells will be produced on the factory ship from the collective plastics.

We will standardise our processing into two streams: one will separate out the different sorts of plastic and for one, we will use that material for a high-value manufacturing item. This is likely to be substrates for organic photovoltaics, which are extremely valuable. All other plastic materials will be converted through advanced plasma technique to electricity, hydrogen, and inert fertiliser. Our recycling plants in the Arabian Gulf cost plastic at $150 per tonne rising to $300 per tonne in some localities. We are planning manufacturing capability, which will produce products worth $2000 rising to $10,000 per tonne.

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