- Yvan Bourgon and his team have designed a yacht that collects plastic waste from the ocean and then uses it as fuel.
- It is hoped that a prototype for this design can be launched in 2024.
- Bourgon has said that if 400 of the boats were built, they could clean up a third of the plastic waste in the oceans.
A French ocean adventurer and his team have designed a yacht that can collect plastic waste to keep it from invading the world’s oceans and convert that same waste into fuel to power the boat.
Yvan Bourgnon has spent his career as a competitive sailor sailing sailing ships around the globe. Over the years, he said, his encounters with floating rubbish carpets became more frequent.
This inspired his new company: the Manta, a 56 meter long catamaran powered by a combination of high-tech sails and electric motors.
At the moment it only exists on the drawing board, but Bourgnon and his team hope to transform into a working prototype that can be launched on the market in 2024.
As the boat moves through the water, conveyor belts pick up waste, sort it, and then feed it to a burner. This melts the plastic, creates gas that powers a turbine, and generates electricity for the boat’s systems.
This electricity, together with solar cells and wind turbines on the boat deck, will make the boat 70% energy self-sufficient, according to Bourgnon.
He said if 400 of the boats were built, they could clean up a third of the plastic waste in the oceans. He even said, according to conservative estimates, that by 2060 there will be three times more litter in the ocean than it is now.
“It is totally irresponsible to cross your arms and say,” No, we won’t do anything, we will leave it, we will focus on dry land, we will leave the garbage in the sea, “he said Christian Lowe)