COVID-19 has sadly sparked a surge in plastic pollution, and our seas are seeing the worst of it with tens-of-thousands of single-use masks and gloves making their way to our oceans globally. Charities including 4ocean have shared their conservation efforts in regions such as Bali, Indonesia, where their cleanup crews have cited a serious threat to marine life due the this increase in foreign bodies.
Sustainability has become a significant global focus over the last decade. As society becomes more aware of our impact on the planet, issues such as single use plastic, carbon footprints, deforestation and ocean water quality are hitting the headlines again and again. The recent oil spill in Mauritius is just one example among many highlighting the devastation we can inflict on our home planet.
World Ocean Day (8th June 2020) produced some really interesting insight into the current state of our seas, and BBC4 aired the world’s first ocean autopsy of the English Channel. The programme took a literal deep dive into what’s impacting the delicate ecosystem beneath the waves, and it will come as no surprise that plastic pollution and climate change came top of the list.
So, how can we better protect our seas from the day-to-day life we have all become accustomed to? Here at Isoline, we think the key is innovative tech.
Time to clean up our oceans
Ideally, plastic pollution needs to be cleaned up prior to it hitting the seabed, or before the weather can break it down into less manageable micro plastics. The Seabin, developed by Australian surfer duo Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton, does exactly that. By sucking in surface pollutants, plastic items such as bags and masks are kept from wreaking havoc on our sea life. And they work much like the regular bin you’ll find in your kitchen. By integrating a pump mechanism and recyclable parts, the company’s efforts are making huge waves in the ocean technology space to promote sustainable efforts on a global scale.
Sea the analysis
Another exciting aspect of the global ocean clean-up effort is autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). In a nutshell, these devices are a form of underwater AI that samples surrounding water quality and analyses its quality, which can be anything from PH balance to present micro plastics and they can even identify new marine animals and plants. Due to not being tethered to a vessel, AUVs work unmanned, providing autonomous real-time data for reporting and analytics. Scalable and modular, scientists can choose which sensors to attach based on individual research goals, and the cost savings are huge when compared to the capex associated with running an entire research vessel, and the output is identical.
These types of machines are incredibly attractive to institutions looking to conduct ocean-based research, mapping the seabed via sonar where divers just haven’t been able to reach historically. The offshore AUV market is on the rise according to a recent report by Ample Market Research, and investors are starting to shift their focus to meet global demand for cleaner oceans via sustainable tech methods.
The rise of sustainable energy
The sea holds many wonders that very few of us can fathom, never mind witness first hand. But one thing we can all agree on is the sheer power of it. Harnessing that power to create clean energy via offshore energy farms is a great way to ensure significant sustainability efforts. We’ve seen huge investments being made in the sector in recent years, and this year saw the world’s first floating ocean hybrid platform. Created by German startup, Sinn Power, the platform can harness energy from a variety of sources, including, waves, wind and solar, creating a sustainable off grid energy source. Although offshore wave energy conservation (WEC) is not a new concept, the scalability capabilities made possible by this particular product brings a whole new level of modularity to the field.
And the best part? It’s super cost effective.
What’s next for ocean tech?
The possibilities are endless with ocean technology. More and more companies are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and help improve the world around us. It’s recently been announced that while CES is virtual, MWC Barcelona might take place in the flesh next year. The event will no likely play host to a number of innovative ocean tech businesses, showing the world just how much we need to invest in the market to overcome the doom and gloom of the current climate change crisis.
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