Cleaning Up The Seas With Drones

The city of Mumbai is situated by the Arabian Sea with the Mithi River flowing through it, experienced the worst ever flooding all thanks to the a cloud burst and clogged drains. Plastic bags that we take for granted was one of the major reasons why the drains went redundant and of course the high tide and choked riverbed didn’t help matters. Since man can’t take the onus of disposing waste responsible, let the Marine Drone do it for us.

The drone is basically an oversized pool net with a sensor fitted machine. It nets drifting plastic trash in a very innovative way. Several drones scout the seas for waste and use a special sensor to keep away fish and other aquatic animals. It is equipped with an infrasound system and the high-powered batteries allow them to stay in the water for more than 2 weeks.

Designers: Elie Ahovi, Adrien Lefebvre, Philomene Lambaere, Marion Wipliez, Quentin Sorel and Benjamin Lemoal


  • Stephen Russell says:

    Test this for off CA HI, PR, FL, USVI, BVI, Med Sea & Australia.

  • truth4oz.blogspot says:

    Drones in the skies above us, drones in the water below us. When will we realise that the problem on this planet is not plastic or other species, the problem is US, human beings. This is getting completely out of hand.

  • Rene says:

    next, Drones for human

  • Interesting concept. Sounds feasible. But as usual, there may be some side effect that will cause other problems. Hope they can do a beta test that can show how this can really help the oceans since I see the problems first hand while scuba diving~

  • Tom says:

    Interesting concept but certainly not feasible. Have you seen the garbage patches in the oceans? They are the size of Texas. You would need a million of these drones and pick them up to empty them every 30 minutes. And that’s not even considering ocean currents, severe weather and shipping traffic. These drones could keep a public pool clean but would end up being part of the problem in the ocean.

    As with any problem of global scale there is no silver bullet solution. We would certainly need to clean up the mess with giant cleaning ships and start replacing plastics with bioplastics that have a short lifetime. And most of all as the planet is not getting any bigger we would need to stop multiplying… that however is another conversation.

  • alex says:

    It’s a nice and long overdue idea. I ‘d like to see how well it works at avoiding the fish and sea mammals.

  • Jul says:

    It is a start. Something will be better than nothing~!

  • Hunter says:

    “Stop multiplying”? Yeah, that won’t go over well.

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