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Dutch Design Awards 2020
The Ocean Cleanup’s answer for river plastic waste. It is the first scalable solution to prevent plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers.

The Interceptor

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Release of The Interceptor
This project is part of Dutch Design Awards 2020

The Interceptor operates on 100 percent solar energy, autonomously extracts plastic and can operate in most of the world's most polluting rivers.

The goal is closing the tap. The Ocean Cleanup found out through research that if you can implement 1000 machines you can catch 80 percent of the plastic that enters the ocean. The debris enters the Interceptor with the natural current of the river. All electronics on the Intereceptor, including the conveyor belt, shuttle, lights, sensors, data transmissions, are solar-powered.

One Interceptor has no value. A 1000 Interceptors do. The Interceptors are a swarm and the value is in the fact that they are internet-connected, allowing the Ocean Cleanup to monitor continuous performance and collect data. It also enables the Interceptor to automatically notify local operators once the dumps are full.

The Ocean Cleanup also conducted research on where to best place Interceptors in the rivers. The optimal setup is determined on a case-by-case basis, based on flow-velocity, the width of the river, presence of a plastic “hotline” , traffic, proximity to a delta, etc. Working with the government and local operators we will help to determine the best setup that produces the most effective extraction output and the least interference with vessel traffic in the river.