The WOSUP project is based on the removal of waste accumulations in the oceans, more precisely the removal of plastic and its derivatives.
It lists software-based mechanisms to enhance and leverage the discovery and processing of the location and dimension of waste accumulations, in order to subsequently notify specialised vessels to collect the plastic, providing them with the location, dimension and best route to optimise the vessel’s voyage taking into account the dimensions of the waste it can carry.
With a more assertive identification of the large concentrations of waste in the ocean and creating the necessary conditions to increase the efficiency of the collection activity, the volume of plastic collected based on the solution to be developed is expected to be much higher than that collected today, also ensuring a greater volume of plastic whose destination will be recycling or reuse.
WOSUP aims to integrate and process satellite images.
The creation of algorithms for the detection of types of plastics in the oceans and the generation of operational reports and optimised collection routes, promoting the rapid and serial collection of waste for subsequent reuse or recycling, and it is precisely in this field that there is a contribution to increasing the efficiency of resources linked to companies in the maritime sector, as stated in the application notice. In other words, efficiency is achieved through the optimisation of waste collection routes by companies whose core activity is waste collection, with the optimisation resulting from greater clarity regarding the location of large concentrations of waste, their size and even categorisation of the type of waste, allowing these companies to define in advance what type of vessel they need to collect the waste they spot and the best route to collect the largest possible volume of waste, always bearing in mind that waste is easily “moved around” due to ocean currents.
How it works
-type of waste,
-the collection route to optimise the chosen vessel.
The reports should also contain a decision-support section suggesting improvement measures to help support the most sustainable collection process (e.g. suggesting different types of vessels where appropriate).
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