What Are We Doing?
Ocean Polymers has developed and is rolling out a solution which collects and processes plastic waste at the same location.
We bring this system, onboard our factory ship, directly to the problem, in any of the world’s oceans, river mouths or estuaries. By utilising Plasma Enhanced Melter® Technology (PEM) we will be making valuable products such as synthetic gas, liquid fuels and solid aggregates.
The benefits of this scheme are multiple, not only will we remove plastics and thus reduce the devasting impact they are having on our oceans and marine life, but the system will power itself and indeed the ship. After initial outlay Ocean Polymers will also become self funding so that ongoing finance will not be necessary.
As prevention and mitigation of the ocean’s plastic problem go hand in hand, we will also install land based plants once operational. This will enable visionary organisations the technology to recycle their by-products and waste into valuable energy and resources.
There is unfortunately, plenty of “low hanging fruit” in marine plastics which make the surveillance component of our program initially of secondary importance. There are many sites around the world, not least in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, and in regions like the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and large parts of China, where the marine plastic pollution is all too evident. The issue then is for us to provide modular collection, sorting and processing plants, preferably connected directly to a refining and manufacturing capacity, which will allow us to immediately address these problem areas. We will aim to re-educate local people over the nature all the plastic: it’s a resource, not a problem, and in fact is very valuable. But the first part is surveying the hot-spots for plastics, and this is going to be undertaken by advanced drone technologies.
Initially, collection will be manual and served merely to feed the mobile modular processing and manufacturing unit. We will however immediately start developing the underwater and water surface drones which will trail collection nets. Once the nets have reached capacity, they will be automatically released with a location balloon, for collection by the Autonomous Surface Collection Units. ASCUs will take the plastics back to the factory ship for processing. Our team has considerable marine engineering expertise, and we will seek to extend capability of our collection drones to a wide range of surface conditions. Like our surveillance drones, our collection drones will be powered by solar or fuel cells. Hydrogen fuel for the fuel cells will be produced on the factory ship from the collective plastics.
We will standardise our processing into two streams: one will separate out the different sorts of plastic and for one, we will use that material for a high-value manufacturing item. This is likely to be substrates for organic photovoltaics, which are extremely valuable. All other plastic materials will be converted through advanced plasma technique to electricity, hydrogen, and inert fertiliser. Our recycling plants in the Arabian Gulf cost plastic at $150 per tonne rising to $300 per tonne in some localities. We are planning manufacturing capability, which will produce products worth $2000 rising to $10,000 per tonne.
Ocean Polymers is delighted to announce the addition of Dr. Louis J. Circeo, PhD, PE, to its team of key advisors. Holding the position of Director of Plasma Research at Georgia Institute of Technology (the leading technology innovator in the United...read more
Ocean Polymers have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with in Saudi Arabia to co-operate on renewable energy technologies in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. This will focus on recycling and renewable energy as well as joint projects...read more
Ocean Polymers are pushing ahead with plans to set up the world’s first ship-based recycling plant in the ocean. The primary aim is to collect waste ocean plastic and process it on-board the ship rather than taking it back to land to be processed. The team...read more