A UK company working in ocean research is seeking a range of companies with expertise in marine vessel development to join a range of EU companies in their H2020 bid, to launch a novel machine for the collection and compaction of ocean waste. They are seeking companies with expertise in areas including marine instruments, manufacturing, navigation, energy harvesting, automation, marine biology, robotics, and computer programming via research cooperation agreements.
Marine litter is high on the scientific and political agendas and of major concern for European citizens. More than 80 percent of marine litter is plastic. It is estimated that by 2050, more plastic could be in the ocean than fish. It can be found on beaches (mostly produced locally), on the ocean surface, in animals and on the seafloor. Microplastics can get into the food chain, together with the integrated and adsorbed toxins. It is estimated that each year 5 to 13 million tonnes plastics reach the seas and oceans (worldwide), becoming eventually the main source of microplastics. In addition to possible health risks, the damage to marine ecosystems and the blue economy (tourism and other maritime sectors) due to plastic litter are enormous. A UK company are seeking additional partners to apply for the H2020 Pilot action for the removal of marine plastics and litter, to help co-develop an waste-collecting, transporting vessel, the collector head, compactor and plastic transfer machinery, to be included in a purpose built boat hull that also includes an energy harvesting and storage system (solar and wind). The company currently works in ocean research and has expertise including marine manufacturing, equipment fabrication, CAD design and engineering. They are also seeking ICT companies to program computers that read from the instruments/sensors and control the filtration plant, and to wirelessly navigate to ports and park the machines individually for emptying to operate individually or in fleets. Finally, they require manufacturing or retail partners to assist in developing a recycling chain. They are seeking partners via research cooperation agreement, and expressions of interest close in this profile on 14 December 2019. The bid closes on 20 January 2020.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought:
Type: Industry Activity: A wide range, including ICT, navigation systems, energy systems and harvesting and marine manufacturing. Specific role of partner sought: The co-development and launch of the existing waste-collecting marine vessel, according to their expertise above, via research cooperation agreement.