OCEAN CONDITIONER - This vessel is designed to operate in fleets to target ocean waste before it settles on the ocean floor where nobody can recover it. There is nothing like it in existence today, though other ideas for trapping plastic waste are being developed, such as that of Boyan Slat and the Seabin. SeaVax is made more cost effective in operational terms with AmphiMax versatility that slashes the cost of production and servicing by using a portable dock for assembly, launch and servicing.
The world is facing food insecurity brought on by accumulated waste the by-product of modern living. Waste takes many forms causing climate change and disease. This needs to be tackled in various ways of which SeaVax, or a craft much like SeaVax, could provide part of the solution to the plastic slurry we are making of our oceans. The technology, that has been show to work in small scale is patent pending.
After all our work finding consortium members for H2020 and similar funding calls, it now (Jan 2018) looks at though the SeaVax project may not be funded under the present round of European calls where the Cleaner Ocean Foundation is a not-for-profit organization and funding calls require a percentage of match (equity/business) funding that a charity is unable to raise.
Brexit is also a potential snagging point that has led our project team to look at alternative ways of raising the necessary financing, that is considerable given the size of the vessel if it is to work efficiently. Hence we are developing awareness games and looking to build on those platforms to develop a 3D VR experience for tours with eventual returns from these sources to generate an income stream for research that is independent of Government schemes like Horizon 2020 and EMFF calls that really only favour businesses with an existing R&D budget and are not designed to support social projects at a level where anyone accepting the challenge might feel confident enough to want to proceed.
We may still work with existing EU collaborative partners where they may have their own funding support from trading, but we will remain independently funded.
OCEAN CLEANUP GAME - This game is being developed in android and iOS version for mobile devices that are very popular with youngsters - as a free download - so that playing the game is available to all. The objective is to clean up the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern oceans with an on-screen SeaVax to complete all five stages to win the game.
A second free game is to follow to help stop pirate fishing, followed by a truly immersive 3D virtual reality experience that is to be demonstrated all over the UK by way of an ocean awareness campaign. Spreading the message like this is likely to reduce the plastic footprint of those who become more familiar with the marine litter issue.
WHAT IS SEAVAX?
SeaVax is an ocean going platform that is autonomous, being solar and wind powered and in its final form - able to navigate as a drone that is COLREGS compliant - such as to be able to operate in fleets at substantially lower cost than the equivalent diesel powered boat where the operators have to pay for fuel and salary a crew. This technology is patent pending.
Subsequently, the platform was appraised as a selective fishing vessel where the fish avoidance sensors are used in reverse, and as part of an emergency oil spillage containment system where the selective filtration module is replaced with an oil collecting head and suitable containment tanks.
SeaVax is a trimaran configured as an ocean workhorse that is not designed for speed but for operational efficiency. The designers say that there is no reason why the solar and wind propelled platform might not be affixed to a high speed hull for zero emission transportation.
The importance given to innovation saw significant differences between countries and industries: Germany, Ireland and Italy, countries where there is a clear government drive for innovation together with a well-established start-up and entrepreneurial culture, have it high on the agenda, and unsurprisingly, innovation also features heavily on the boardroom agenda of life sciences and TMT industries, but less so in construction and energy and resources. Product innovation was the area receiving the most attention.
Growth, performance and disruptive innovation are now more important than cost reduction and financial management. 271 company directors polled by Deloitte say the risk of losing business to competitors and the speed of digital transformation means that disruptive innovation has diminished the importance of cutting costs.
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. 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 - and in May of 2017 the COF took over management of the SeaVax project. 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 (08-1-18) SeaVax has received no government backing or corporate sponsorship. The Cleaner Ocean Foundation needs to raise around $400k dollars for 2018 raise the development momentum above the pace of 2017, and run an ocean awareness campaign. This sum will not pay for SeaVax to be built 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.
Support for Marine Litter projects was put onto the agendas of the KTN in October 2017, European Maritime Fisheries Fund from November of 2017 and United Nations in December 2017. Putting the potential obstacle of Brexit to one side, it is possible that Government (European) backing could come the rescue in 2018 or 2019 - but this is full of potential pitfalls and so not at all reliable when it comes to important research and development. A great shame, leaving us to look elsewhere for backing.
BATTERY BANK - The number of Lipo packs grows with each new SeaVax experiment. The more complex our testing schedule and the more elements, the greater the number of battery packs that have to be charged, discharged and balanced ready to the next day - and of course during the day. That means two set of packs for each function, so that while one set is being used in the Amphimax and Seavax vehicles, another set of batteries is being charged ready to be exchanged.
FEB 18 GIMBAL DEVELOPMENT - In this diagram you can see the general layout of the gimbal head mounting for the 1/20th scale test model that is due to undergo more tank testing in the summer of 2018. Below you can see the actual bearings before they are joined to the carriage mechanism that lowers the boat into our test tank.
GETTING OUR BEARINGS - These are the actual bearings we are using to make our gimbal head seen here with the stainless steel pins cut, ground and test fitted with collars. Fabrication continues with 'T' section swivels that connect to the hull of the SeaVax model at the lower end - and the carriage above via the instrument head. We are waiting for a delivery of linear rollers to make the slider head that adds another dimension to the free floating movement, as in vertical heave. Copyright © photographs February 7 2018. All rights reserved. You will need the permission of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation to reproduce these diagrams except for educational use or private research.
The Cleaner Ocean Foundation needs to raise around $400k dollars for 2018 to increase development momentum and run an ocean awareness campaign to include a Virtual Ocean 3D virtual reality demonstration. This sum will not pay for SeaVax to be built 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 2018 and 2019.
We need to raise at least $3 million dollars to put a full size SeaVax in the water in a moderate timescale, but this would be just a bare-bones vessel using part-time engineers. If we had between $ 5-7 five to seven 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 $10 ten million dollars, 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 SeaVax (or the river equivalent) 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.
Representatives from the Cleaner Ocean Foundation and Bluebird Marine Systems were in London on the 31st October 2017 looking for development partners and possible Horizon 2020 funding. A representative from COF was in Brussels on the 9th of November 2017 at the EMFF information day about marine litter and blue growth. A representative will be at the Oceanology International event on the 14th March 2018 at the London Excel. Other events are planned.
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.
OCEAN ALLIES - Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Project continues with this floating boom being deployed in the North Sea for test purposes. Such endeavour can only be applauded and must be supported to see what is possible using this technology.
STANDBY MODE SEPT 2017 >>>>>>> 2018
Until such time as fresh funding allows for the acceleration of the SeaVax project, the Cleaner Ocean Foundation (via its volunteers and associates) will continue to work on the project as far as is possible by carrying out AmphiMax launch simulations and other robotic development.
A diesel engine will be prepared for the AmphiMax prototype and the steel frame design developed in readiness for manufacture of the prototype portable dockyard. This will be another significant step toward SeaVax build and launch.
STEM HULL DESIGN PROJECT 2019
If you are a student at Brighton University and you are interested in boat hull design, check out this project.
THE GAME - "SeaVax Ocean Cleanup" is a computer game for smart phones that is free to download from the Cleaner Ocean Foundation. The objective is to feed the world by ridding the oceans and seas of plastic marine litter. Marine litter is the enemy of fish and fish keep people fed.
Marine litter enters our ocean mostly via rivers and other careless dumping. As the oceans gradually fill up with plastic your task is to use SeaVax ocean cleaners to keep the plastic clear so that fish can grow big and fat to feed the world population. The ultimate goal is to keep the ocean clean using the best deployment of your clean up (battle) ships to save other magnificent sea creatures from the menace of plastic and discarded fishing nets and ropes. We started development of the game in January of 2018.
ASSOCIATES & SPONSORS
Our existing associates have agreed to continue to support the SeaVax project for at least another two years, or until funding is secured for the build of the prototype mobile dockyard and SeaVax.
Our associates include:
1. Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd. (R&D and fabrication)
2. Blueplanet Universal Holdings Ltd. (IP licensing, issue, transfers and negotiations)
3. Solar Cola Ltd. (Internet marketing)
Our sponsors include:
1. Our volunteers
2. L. P. H. Trust (Facilities)
COF continues to scout and negotiate for suitable assembly/launch sites where there are some areas in the UK now offering incentives for marine development.
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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