Yvan Bourgon, a French ocean explorer and ecologist, and his team have designed a yacht that can scoop up plastic garbage from the ocean and then use the waste to power up the boat. Their boat, named Manta, is a 53mt-long catamaran that is propelled by a combination of high-tech sails and electric motors. When the boat moves through the water, conveyor belts scoop up waste, sort it and feed it into a burner.
The gas that is derived from the burner drives a turbine and generates enough electricity for the boat system to function. This electricity, along with solar cells and wind turbines, make the boat 70% self-sufficient in energy. In an interview, Bourgon said that 400 such boats could clean up a third of the ocean’s plastic waste.
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