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Water test tank facilities

 

EXAMPLE OF PROGRESS - Two years ago (2016) this was an open tank that could not provide the controlled weather simulations that we need to conduct in order to test SeaVax in operation in high winds. This year (2018) we have fitted a loading crane, wind fans and the floor that you see here is now resin coated in white epoxy.

 

 

The world is facing food insecurity brought on by accumulated marine litter, over-fishing and climate change. Pollution takes many forms, including oil and nuclear spillages, the sum total of which causes disease. Our Foundation aims to spearhead cutting edge research dedicated to removing plastics and eventually oil from water without adding to global warming, building on the SeaVax concept at our: 

 

1. Robotics laboratory,

2. Water test tank facilities and 

3. Marine biology laboratory.

 

This page will show you how we converted an air raid shelter built in 1939, that was filled with junk and in desperate need of a makeover, into a biology lab to conduct a series of experiments to see how effectively SeaVax might be able to separate marine biota from plastic.

 

Conversion of the steel reinforced concrete structure is due to begin in October of 2018 with the help of our volunteers and the generous support of our benefactors.

 

 

Research facilities, water test tank, robotics and biology laboratories

 

FACILITY LAYOUT - Diagram of the general layout of the COF's facilities in Sussex. One of the most important features of the water test tank is the underground holding tank that allows us to drain the test tank out and filter the water with each flush into the holding tank. The test tank is then filled again with filtered water, ready to be charged with plastic particles, marine biota or a mix of both. The whole operation takes less than 60 minutes, meaning that two or more experiments may be conducted every day, save where a machinery change is also necessary. The object being to find the best way of separating inanimate plastics from organics, to preserve life. Copyright diagram September 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation.

 

 

LABORATORY EQUIPMENT LIST

 

WILD M3Z light microscope

Turner Designes E541-Trilogy fluorometer 
YSI handheld multi parameter probe

Thermofisher small bench top centrifuge

Bogorov chamber

 

 

   

 

     

 

 

 

EQUIPMENT - A range of relatively high grade instruments and other laboratory equipment will allow us to conduct our plastic separation experiments to a high standard at a reasonable cost. The conversion and fitting out of the WWII building may be accomplished for around 15,000, bringing the total to 30k without staffing or other overheads.

 

 

SUPPORT OUR RESEARCH

 

Please help us if you can by making a donation of any size to help us to be able to share our research with the world. At the time of publication of this page we are not supported by any government or agency. We are reliant on help from members of the public who care about marine conservation. Though in the fullness of time we hope to be able to interest international groups who might agree that collaboration is necessary if we are to rid the oceans of the plastic menace.

 

 

Marine biology laboratory for SeaVax filtration experiments

 

WORKTOPS & STORAGE - Proposed layout of the laboratory cupboards and overhead units are to be in acrylic white high gloss. The design is to give our marine biologists as much space for their experiments as is possible in a very compact unit, also to include good LED under cabinet and overhead lighting. This might include:

 

5 of 600mm overhead cabinets

2 of 900mm overhead cabinets

2 of custom corner overhead shelves

3 of 900mm wide drawer units

1 of 1000mm floor cabinet

2 of 300mm floor units

1 of 900mm sink unit

 

Most of the above can be sourced from local builders suppliers such as Wickes. Copyright diagrams September 17 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation.

 

 

SHOP CLEAN

 

Please also try not to buy products in single use packaging and if the opportunity presents, lobby your political representatives to help reduce plastic used on land from entering our oceans.

 

Plastic is a wonderful product that is necessary in modern life and it can be recycled responsibly such as not to harm fish and marine mammals. For example, many car and computer parts are now designed for recycling. Plastic is not all bad. Many manufacturers now think Circular Economy, introducing sustainable practices and crucially, many supermarkets that are reliant (for the moment) on single use plastic to sell their wares, are giving the plastic issue a good deal of attention.

 

We offer big THANKS to all concerns who are working towards a cleaner planet.

 

 

10 YEAR PLAN: PROJECTIONS AS DEVELOPMENT MILESTONES Vs PROJECT COST IN $MILLIONS

 

YEAR

PROJECT STAGES

$ COST M

$ RUNNING

$ RETURNS

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1

THEORY PROVING (SCALE) TEST TANK

1.1

1.1

0.0

2

JIG/LAUNCHER BUILD

2.4

3.5

0.0

3

VESSEL PROTOTYPE & LAUNCH

6.1

9.6

0.0

4

FILTRATION ROBOTICS & INSTRUMENTS

3.0

12.6

0.0

5

SYSTEMS TUNE & SEA TRIALS

2.3

14.9

0.0

6

PRE PRODUCTION MODIFICATIONS

2.6

17.5

0.0

7

PRODUCTION SEAVAX & FREE LICENSING

10.0

27.5

0.0

8

SEANET FLEET NEGOTIATIONS & PLANNING

1.4

28.9

TBA

9

SEAVAX FLEET BUILDING & TECH SUPPORT

3.0

32.9

TBA

10

SEANET FLEET OPERATIONS SUPPORT

2.2

35.1

TBA

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LINKS & REFERENCE

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Biological_Laboratory

 

 

The SeaVax proof of concept boat during open water trials

 

OCEAN CLEANER - SeaVax is designed to operate in fleets. The development stages are costed below as estimates that the Cleaner Ocean Foundation is looking to world leaders to fund, while the cost of the ocean cleaning fleets is to be shared across operators world wide - and so is not included, save for the licensing and fleet negotiations. Fleet operators will recover their investment from collected plastic, with a possible guarantee from the countries in which they are operating. All subject to negotiation. Without such an approach, COF feel that it would be difficult to roll operations out, save perhaps for underpinning from international organizations. This part of the plan falls to be considered in year 8.

 

 

 This website is provided on a free basis as a public information service. Copyright Cleaner Oceans Foundation Ltd (COFL) (Company No: 4674774) 2018. Solar Studios, BN271RF, United Kingdom. COFL is a charity without share capital. The names Amphimax RiverVax and SeaVax are registered trademarks.

 

 

 

 

RESEARCH IS ESSENTIAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE OCEAN SOLLUTIONS