Texas Patent of the Month – July 2022
The oceans are filling up with trash as we speak. Recent research suggests that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea. In addition to trash, many different systems ( i.e. boats, offshore pipelines etc.) have experienced oil spills. Ocean Cleaner, LLC is tackling this problem by building recovery systems meant to collect and filter out debris and oils, returning clean water.
Their ocean cleaner has a cargo compartment with a connected pump. The pump draws water and debris in from the ocean. A second pump positioned in the cargo compartment helps to filter the debris from the water. The cleaner is designed with buoyancy systems to allow it to float along the surface of the water. These also limit the impact of waves and turbulence, ensuring the cleaner remains stable.
The cargo compartments are approximately 45 ft x 50 ft x 75 ft, creating ample volume to hold debris. The discharge pumps and suction chambers coupled to these compartments draw the water in before filtering and forcing it back out. The remaining debris is trapped in the cargo compartment. These pumps are strong enough to pull and process thousands of gallons of contaminated water per minute.
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