With hopes of removing trash from the world’s oceans, Richard Hardiman and the RanMarine team have developed the WasteShark — an autonomous drone that swims around collecting garbage, while simultaneously sending data on water quality, weather and depth back to authorities.
The device comes in two different versions, depending on the task at hand: “Slim” and “Fatboy.” The WasteShark is powered by solar panels and batteries, and has the ability to learn its environment and become more efficient in its routes and collections.
It’s the Wall-E of water…. It is capable of 24/7 operations and is intelligent; it builds knowledge. It doesn’t replace humans and jobs; we still require the same interaction of those that were collecting the waste but our intention is to up-skill workers to operate the Sharks and at the same time collect far more waste.”
According to a recent article in Popular Science, the project is currently being sponsored by the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s Port Waste Catch, with four WasteSharks in operation. Each can round up 1,100 pounds of trash in its open mouth, which extends a foot below the ocean’s surface.
You can read more here, and check it out in action below!