Problem: Marine pollution from human activities can be found at all points across the ocean's vast expanse, including at the surface.
Solution: BluePhin is an autonomous robot that can collect floating waste in commercial water bodies, with zero carbon emissions. It is one of the world’s most technologically advanced waste management solutions.
Goals and objectives: The solution collects plastic, algae and other debris to tackle marine pollution in lakes, ponds, canals, marinas, ports and coastlines.
Implementation: The solution was developed by young inventors Irfan Vakkayil, Simran Chowdhry and Anand EP in 2018 and is currently implemented in the UAE. BluePhin Bluephin is powered by Artificial Intelligence.
Bluephin can either be steered by a handheld joystick or run in autonomous mode, either around a set course or within a set perimeter. It runs silently and safely on rechargeable batteries and includes collision avoidance software. It can hold up to a third of a ton of rubbish before it needs to be emptied and it poses no threat to marine life. It takes eight hours for waste management companies to collect one tonne of trash using two boats and labor. Bluephin does it in two hours.
The current vesion of the solution is working prototype and setting up multiple pilot programs both regionally and globally. Currently, the BluePhin team is working with Dubai Municipality and have an MOU with Bee’ah to convert into pilots.
Achievements: The solution offsets more than 10,000 tons in carbon emissions only during testing in comparison to the waste collection operation in water.
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Simran chowdhry, Co-founder