CLEANER OCEAN FOUNDATION
THE FOUNDATION IS PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF SCIENCE: SOLAR + HYDROGEN COMBO: Solar power is a proven means of traversing the oceans, but slowly so far. We aim to improve the conversion efficiency from sun to propulsive thrust - using an innovative trimaran hull, the latest batteries - and taking a leaf our of Jules Verne's pages, incorporating hydrogen hybrid potential, up to 4000nm on hydrogen gas, and Around the World in 80 Days, on liquid hydrogen: Zero Emission, potentially making Jules Verne's prediction in 'The Mysterious Island' come true for 2024, some 150 years after the prophesy. The World Hydrogen Challenge is open to all sailing teams and individuals, competing for the Jules Verne (hydrogen) Trophy. You could be the first to set an under 80 day circumnavigation record, emulating the exploits of Phileas Fogg. See the JVH2 rules.
We aim to build a visually stunning vessel that is capable of demonstrating ocean clean tech and set a few speed records - to prove the point. The Elizabeth Swann is shown here with a wave piercing hull. She is of trimaran configuration, 44 meters long. She has solar wings that fold for storms and track the sun, all robotically controlled. This forms a genuine dual-energy harvesting system ideal for workboats and coastal ferries. The Swann features the very latest 'Deep Speed™' electric hydrojets, to show just how silent solar powered yachting can be. We are in the process of sourcing solar panels, lithium batteries, and hydrogen storage components - to be able to close on the construction phase in 5083 alloy and composites.
This website is ALL ABOUT BLUE GROWTH. Our Foundation is dedicated to the concept of a blue economy, aiming at a sustainable future world with food security and clean energy abundance for all regardless of geographical or political boundaries. See our 7Seven Point Plastic Plan:
bottles, metal cans, waxed cartons over plastic, unless
Space exploration has shown us that we cannot feasibly escape to Planet B. We are on a crash course - inevitably leading to more deserts, sea level and temperature increases - and human suffering on an unprecedented scale.
A study published in August 2020, confirms our belief that we must target the source of plastic pollution, such as rivers, product packaging and recycling - in addition to efforts to clean up plastic in the ocean - and especially nets that are strangling defenseless whales, like Kulo Luna.
OCTOBER 2ND 2021 - The Ocean Symposium 2021 - "Think Global, Act Local". Live from the stunning Durbar Hall at the Hastings Museum & Art Gallery:
The United Nations, Oceans and Climate (UNA O&C) hosted a
stunning line up of World class speakers, presentating, local and global science, underwater films, and
more, in association with the Sussex Wildlife Trust, sponsored
Aqua, with generous support from Hastings Museum and Art
Gallery and the Town Council.
JUNE-JULY 2021 YOUTH CLIMATE CRISIS - As part of the lead up to COP 26, the UNA Oceans & Climate 'youth council' are staging a series of major international conferences, calling on speakers and contributors from around the world, to action.
GETTING TO GRIPS WITH PLASTIC - We need to act now to stop oceans reaching critical mass in terms of toxic plastic. At which point fish will cease to be edible by humans, and marine life could be irreversibly damaged. Key issues in this conference include biodegradable plastics, and fabrics that are more resilient to microfibre degradation. Keynote speakers included: Richard Thompson OBE (University of Plymouth), Josephine Moe Christoffersen (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Libby Peake (Green Alliance) and Helen Jordan (British Plastics Federation). Other subjects on the agenda included: Emerging Policies, Fugitive Plastic Capture and Mitigation Implications.
GRETA THUNBERG - is a Swedish climate activist. At the COP24 climate talks in Poland, December 2018, Miss Thunberg addressed the Secretary-General of the United Nations. She received a standing ovation for one of her talks. She is behind the global school strike created to call attention to climate change. She is a rebel. With a cause. Thunberg was just 15 and autistic and the newest, youngest and most powerful voice on the world stage demanding the world address global warming. In 2021 what will she have to say at COP 26? Go Greta!
WHALE HUNTING - We are concerned that with pressure for food rising that whales will again become targets, to be hunted to extinction. Hunger will see to that, humans will even eat each other in times of crisis, resorting to cannibalism to survive. Hence, it will not bother the starving that they are eating endangered species. The Commissioners will bow to pressure from the mob. Humans are voracious political cannibals, and extremely unstable when their toys are threatened.
COP OUT 25 - confirms that powerful world leaders are not listening, no matter how much marching climate unrest provokes, or how serious the bushfire problem in Australia on California. Fingers crossed for common sense in 2021 and rapid policy changes in 2022.
ABOUT OUR BLUE GROWTH A-Z - We are one of literally hundreds of concerns doing their best to promote Blue Growth around the world, with a target Circular Economy firmly embedded as the driver. We hope to be able to contribute, where we say what others are thinking - but will not print!
A VAST RESOURCE - The ocean is a vast underutilized resource in terms of energy generation now over fished to to the point of stagnation to feed a growing world population as land is being absorbed to build on for housing and factories, so reducing agricultural potential. In short, we are exhausting our natural resources in order of ease - for maximum profits - a short term strategy. But what about tomorrow?
The use of single use plastic for packaging is just one horrifying example of major stakeholders using the most convenient means to get their product to market, while ocean literate policy makers watch marine life suffer as they grapple with ways to juggle economics and morals.
We will be focusing our attentions on areas of the most environmental value, in the hope of divining a path to sustainable blue growth. You may appreciate that harmful exploitation of the sea is to be addressed and discouraged in favour of a circular economy.
WILDLIFE IN TROUBLE - We took over the SeaVax project from Bluebird Marine to add to our other projects to help combat plastic in our oceans. We are not supported by any Government or Non-Governmental initiatives, grants or other contributions such as the G7 Challenge or Horizon 2020 calls for proposals, mainly because we know from previous H2020 applications that these calls and challenges would most likely preclude us, or are so expensive to apply for that we could not afford to take the chance and waste our limited resources in applying. We are thus working on crowd funding stages that we will release in advance of any previous call for project funding being near to completion. As and when we succeed with the targets that we set ourselves, it will not be because of any politician that you have voted for, it will be because you decided to cut out the middle man and contribute to our work directly. Please only give what you can afford, just as our volunteers only work as and when they can.
'Blue Growth' success, like any tall structure, depends on solid foundations. At the moment the ecological foundations of our oceans are crumbling from man-made pollution, to include plastic, chemical spills and acidification.
SIX STEPS TOWARD A COOLER PLANET
1. TRANSPORT: Phase out polluting vehicles. Governments aims to end the sale of new petrol, and diesel vehicles by 2040 but have no infrastructure plan to support such ambition. Marine transport can be carbon neutral.
2. RENEWABLES: Renewable energy should replace carbon-based fuels (coal, oil and gas) in our electricity, heating and transport.
3. HOUSING: On site micro or macro generation is the best option, starting with new build homes.
4. AGRICULTURE: We need trees to absorb carbon emissions from a growing population, flying, and to build new homes. Reducing food waste and promoting less energy intensive eating habits such as no meat Mondays.
5. INDUSTRY: Factories should be aiming for solar heating and onsite renewable energy generation.
6. POLITICS: - National governing bodies need to adopt rules to eliminate administrative wastages, to include scaling down spending on war machines, educating the public and supporting sustainable social policies that mesh with other cultures.
[left] ALL FISHED OUT - A recent United Nations study reported that more than two-thirds of the world's fisheries have collapsed or are currently being over fished. Much of the remaining one third is in a state of decline due to habitat degradation from pollution and climate change. Escalating amounts of point and non-point pollution continue to threaten water quality and fish habitat. Yet, the human population consumes over 100 million metric tons of fish annually and more than 25% of the world’s dietary protein is provided by fish.
[right] DWINDLING FISH STOCKS - Food security is a major problem the world will have to face as the available land for to grow crops reduces in competition with land for housing, as the population expands. The situation is far from sustainable and a bubble that will burst. When the bubble bursts it will cause the deaths of millions of people, where additional farming will create more carbon dioxide to heat the climate, making more land barren in a vicious circle that we must take steps to prevent happening.
Around 10% of the world (700,000,000 million people) rely on the ocean for food, but in addition to our poor land management record, we are also polluting the seven seas with plastic that is toxic - so reducing the number of fish that we might harvest for food. Aquaculture, is seen as the savior for fish supply, but fish farming is dependent on ocean and land derived feeds, hence is more of an icing quick fix than a really tasty cake.
SOLAR HYDROGEN - The 'Energy Observer' is a floating laboratory, converted from an ocean racing yacht, powered by sails, to solar and sail power, with onboard hydrogen generation and storage. At present this little beauty is slower than PlanetSolar below, the subject of ongoing development, not yet a ZEWT contender. The collapsible sails contribute around 5% of propulsive force.
HOW TO MAKE A DREAM COME TRUE - It starts with an idea, persistent development, and most importantly: backers with vision. The Turanor PlanetSolar was a purpose built vessel supported by a team dedicated to making it happen. And happen it did. What is possible is only limited by your imagination, and daring to believe in yourself, sufficiently to follow through. The difference between having an idea, and doing it, is simply - doing it. You can help us to make it happen.
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