Algae harvesting vessel scouts the waters autonomously for responsible aquafarming

As we head into the future, safeguarding the environment and all its resources will be vital for the health of the planet earth. Making optimum utilization of available natural resources will be paramount as we march into a mindful and conscious lifestyle. Some examples already making this future possible include aquaculture, off-shore wind farming, and conventional forms of harnessing gifts of nature without leaving behind a damaging carbon footprint.

On the same lines, Cerberus Algae cultivation concept by Bernhard Büttner of HTW Berlin is a good example of truly sustainable water management. There’s no denying that sustainable development is gaining momentum as people become aware of the undeniable benefits. This concept of optimizing and harvesting ecological resources autonomously is substantially weighing. On the roots, the concept is a great solution that’s part economical and part environmentally feasible.

Designers: Arthur Worbes, Ony Yan and Bernhard Büttner

The ultra-modern vessel is shaped like a catamaran to make the drifting on waters easy. As it glides on the water surface, the connected rig with the harvesting system extracts algae and filters the contents. The collection pods anchored to the seabed nearby then process the contents for the subsequent usage.

The concept presses for truly sustainable agriculture – or to be more precise – aquaculture! The various kinds of algae species floating on the surface of the water and underneath it are a great resource for food, medical technologies, biofuels, clothing industry, and 3D prototyping. Initially, the Cerberus is going to be a semi-autonomous system, but eventually, with its advanced AI, it’ll graduate to a fully autonomous idea. The concept has great potential for a sustainable working cycle as it provides the raw material for various eco-friendly industries sans any water pollution or depleting aquatic life.