RIVER FILTRATION - This vessel is designed to filter river water to prevent waste from land reaching the sea.
WHAT IS RIVERVAX?
RiverVax is a selective water filtration machine that is solar and wind powered and in its final form - able to navigate as a drone - such as to be able to operate at substantially lower cost than the equivalent diesel powered skimming boat where the operators have to pay for fuel and salary a crew.
SPONSORS & FUNDING HISTORY
The speed of development of any concept depends on the amount of money that is available for such a project.
From 2015 to 2016 the project was sponsored by the directors of Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd to the tune of £130,000 pounds to kick start the SeaVax concept from which RiverVax came. From 2016 to 2017 the project progressed with generous crowd funding via Avaaz with significantly more than the original investment to drive the concept on.
In February 2017 the Cleaner Oceans Foundation applied for H2020 funding asking for around €1.5m euros over three years to produce a quarter scale working prototype of SeaVax - and in May of 2017 the COF took over management of the SeaVax and RiverVax projects. In June 2017 the European Commission advised that the H2020 application was on a reserved list and that the availability of funds was limited.
At the time of writing (11-2-18) RiverVax has received no government backing or corporate sponsorship. The Cleaner Ocean Foundation needs to raise around $400k dollars for 2018 to keep up research momentum and run an ocean awareness campaign and test tank experiments. This sum will not pay for RiverVax to be built full size but it will lay the groundwork in terms of continued development, with the ocean literacy campaign likely to help the project to generate additional funding for 2019.
We need to raise at least $1.5 million dollars to put a prototype RiverVax in the water in a moderate timescale. If we had between $ 2-4 two to four million dollars for the project this will have the effect of accelerating development with additional part time engineers and additional facilities - and so reduce the time for launch of any prototype. If it were possible to raise $6 six million dollars or more, then the project could afford to employ full time staff and move into top gear.
Any funding partner should realize that with not for profit projects of this kind, that financial risk taking as in starting a conventional business, is not an option for us. Simply put, if we do not have funding security we cannot take the risk to employ the staff that are needed to progress RiverVax (or the ocean going version) to a launch. There is nothing to lever from us except our creativity and willingness to undertake such tasks - provided that we feel confident as to our operational ability - and that all boils down to financial safeguards.
PLEASE HELP US IF YOU CAN
If you or your organization can help us with this important research please get in touch. We would welcome the opportunity to work with those involved in the plastics industry or those who use plastic in their packaging and might like to offset any negatives from their activities with positive research that is likely to offer stability in the future and greater confidence from their customers, suppliers and/or shareholders.
All communications will be treated in strict confidence unless by prior arrangement.
LINKS & REFERENCE
MARINE LIFE - This humpback whale is one example of a magnificent animal that is at the mercy of human activity. Humans are for the most part unaware of the harm their fast-lane lifestyles are causing. We aim to change that by doing all we can to promote ocean literacy.
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