'SEAVAX' 2020 - DEV. SCHEDULE
2020 TRIALS - Once constructed and launched on the south coast of England, trials will take place locally in the English Channel, followed by trials within the geographical boundaries of the Mediterranean Sea (2020). This will give our partners a means to determine what might be harvested by the SeaVax when steered intelligently into highly polluted waters as compared to leaving SeaVax to find plastic waste for itself.
SeaVax does this by sampling the sea ahead and as the robot encounters plastic, by filtering water at and just below the surface of the sea, down to a depth of 3 meters - if that is where the plastic has collected - ejecting clean water back into the sea. The vessel determines what height to set the collector heads from onboard measurements that satellites may have difficulty reading remotely from directly overhead.
As with other ocean data gathering vessels, information of the chemistry of the seawater at a particular geographical waypoint is relayed to headquarters for collation and dissemination by ocean modellers.
WORK PACKAGES IN MAN MONTHS estimates:
There are five specific deliverables that are reflected (divided) into year links below. Note that the project is 36 months in duration, but begins in 2017 and ends in 2021, so spans five years.
Project management/liaison between the Cleaner Oceans Club and other consortium members is not shown below as a deliverable, though absorbs 36 man/months (MM) running in tandem with the specific work packages that we would work to.
Overheads are worked out as 20%* of the overall project budget.
Contingency is worked out as 20%** of the overall project budget.
Improving the effectiveness of SeaVax™ to make it logistically viable is one of our priority development areas. The objective of this proposal is to collaborate with other technologists with expertise in specific area to help us develop our ocean cleaning machines into an economic tool for the long-term prosperity of the immediate target geographical region. We hope that local success will spread as part of a global sustainability drive for a truly international circular economy.
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