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ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS & INITIATIVES Clean-up by robot: Two French companies, Recyclamer Innovation and IADYS, have put their R&D teams to work to develop autonomous floating waste collectors. Both offer an efficient means of cleaning up around harbours and marinas and attract the eye of passers-by as they are fun to watch. The days of open boats and marina staff with nets on poles may be behind us. Recyclamer – cleaning the water Recyclamer Innovation’s Recyclamer clean-up tool is a solar powered floating device able to collect and treat solid and liquid waste. It is silent when operating, releases no carbon dioxide or polluting emissions and is easy to use. Three versions are available, the smallest of which measures 1600 x 900mm (5 x 3 ft) with a draft of 250 to 500mm (10 to 20in). It has a 200 litre (53 gallon) integrated basket (with alarm when full) for collecting floating debris and a patented real time hydrocarbons treatment system. It can manoeuvre between boats, under piers and on any route (including radio-controlled auto mode) and can also measure water quality. Information can then be sent to a smartphone or computer. Medium and large sizes are suitable for treating large areas or cleaning coastal and offshore areas respectively. Recyclamer can be purchased or leased and is delivered and set-up by the manufacturer. Optional services, such as training and servicing, are also available and each robot can be customised in terms of colour, logos etc. E: Jellyfishbot by IADYS Interactive Autonomous Dynamic Systems (IADYS) has focused on the invention of a small but efficient robotic solution that is intuitive to handle, simple and fun. But, despite its petite dimensions, Jellyfishbot has plenty of cleaning power and versatility of use. Powered by three silent and eco-friendly electric thrusters of 250W (one of which is transverse), it can operate for six to eight hours and has a maximum speed of two knots. As it weighs just 18kg (40lbs), it can be handled and launched by one person, is easily transported and stored, and can comfortably access cramped areas between boats and alongside piers. Jellyfishbot measures 700 x 700 x 500mm (2.3 x 2.3 x 1.6 ft) and can clean an area of 1,000m² (11,000ft²) in an hour when travelling at one knot. It has a range of 400m (1,300ft) for radio-controlled operation and battery level reading is transmitted to the operator’s smartphone. Solids and liquids can be collected: 80 litres (21 gallons) of floating waste; 30 litres (8 gallons) of hydrocarbons; and oil sprays. Each robot typically tows one clean-up net for collecting solids but can tow up to three containing absorbent material for soaking up hydrocarbons. Alternatively, Jellyfishbot tows a length of absorbent mat to soak up pollutants. E: - March/April 2019 37

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