Prefiltering system

Photocatalytic device

Floating booms

Pyrolizer

Ferrybox

Claim Technologies

 

Five key technological innovations, developed and tested within CLAIM, will aim at both developing sustainable cleaning methods and prevent litter from entering the sea at two main source points: wastewater treatment plants and river mouths.

Technology 1

PREFILTERING SYSTEM

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  • WHERE: Wastewater treatment plant
  • WHAT: Microplastics
  • AIM: Prevention and monitoring

Scope

A pre-filtration system is developed by HCMR and is placed before the Photocatalytic device in order to retain larger plastics and ensures the smooth functioning of the photocatalytic coatings at a later stage. The system will gather the plastic pieces into a specialized bag inside a cartridge, while simultaneously taking two samplers (before filtration and after nanocoating devise), to measure effectiveness and inform new strategies.

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Technology 2

PHOLOCATALYTIC DEVICE

Quick facts

  • WHERE: Wastewater treatment plant
  • WHAT: Microplastics
  • AIM: Prevention and degradation to harmless materials

Scope

Harnessing the sun’s radiation to help rid the oceans of microplastics contamination, a photocatalytic device is being developed by team comprising of researchers from KTH, Lebanese University and Swedish SME, PP Polymers AB. The research group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden has been working on the development of visible light photocatalytic coatings for the last two decades, which will be used for speeding up UV-fueled degradation and breaking down microplastics from personal care products into harmless elements.

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Technology 3

FLOATING BOOMS

Quick facts

  • WHERE: River mouths
  • WHAT: Microplastics and larger plastic pieces
  • AIM: Prevention and monitoring

Scope

Stepping on the proven technology of the turbidity booms, within CLAIM, New Naval Ltd, will further develop the technology to design and manufacture a Marine Litter Containment Floating. The innovative formation barrier will have the ability to be placed in any natural or artificial water flow and filter water progressively via interchangeable screens of variable meshes, which will withhold various sizes of visible litter, without distributing float and tracking data through monitoring. The Marine Litter Containment Floating Boom can be deployed near known sources of pollutants (river mouths, facility outlets & runoff).

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Technology 4

PYROLIZER

Quick facts

  • WHERE: Near shores
  • WHAT: Larger plastic pieces
  • AIM: Cleaning, re-use and monitoring

Scope

The small scale pyrolyser developed by IRIS exploits plasma-fueled high temperature for transforming solid waste into a combustible gas, called syngas, and a recyclable solid residue. The process does not produce dioxins and furans, an issue with many thermal processes and the produced syngas, in turn, can be re-used to fuel ships and heat ports. The very small scale, up to 100kg of waste per day, makes the device suitable for mounting on small boats that can work closer to shore and collect marine litter nearer the point of entry.

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Technology 5

FERRYBOX

Quick facts

  • WHERE: Open sea
  • WHAT: Larger plastic pieces, microplastics, environmental parameters
  • AIM: Data collection and monitoring

Scope

The FerryBoxes are autonomous systems for continuous monitoring of physicochemical and environmental parameters installed in commercial vessels and ferryboats. As the boat travels, the FerryBox collects samplers and monitors environmental parameters such as seawater temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen concentration, turbidity, chlorophyll concentration, seawater alkalinity-pH. The data are transmitted real-time and stored at data bases providing the scientific community with a useful research tool and users with a live image of the environmental conditions. The CLAIM network of FerryBox systems will operate in the Baltic (TTU, DTU-aqua), West (AMU, INSTM) and East Mediterranean (HCMR).

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