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Octopus - Ocean Tentacle Organic-Particle Purification System

Millions of tons of microplastics pollute the rivers and oceans. The particle size of a few microns to millimeters, the fine distribution in different depth zones and the low energy content for material or energetic use makes the removal of microplastics from the water to a difficult task.
The use of a variety of flexible, deeply immersed in the water membrane bundles could be a way to most efficient and environmentally friendly to remove the microplastics from the water. In contrast to large-area networks or similar technologies, the flexible membranes pose no threat to sea creatures.
A network of self-powered, free-floating "membrane tentacle" pontoons, similar to an octopus, could be a promising solution for microplastic removal.
This project is primarily intended to provide a proof-of-concept of the plant. The collaboration of various research areas of the institute, consisting of experts in filtration, flow simulation, combustion and water quality analysis, should make this possible. To achieve this goal, energy and mass balances are to be drawn up, filtration technologies and water quality analysis procedures selected and checked for complex filtration problems. Getting to know each other and exchanging ideas with international research groups should pave the way for further projects and research projects.

For more info Open Acess Government 16 (page 312)

 

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Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Thomas Laminger