3rd YEAR - SEAVAX PROTOTYPE 10 YEAR PLAN
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.
SEAVAX PROTOTYPE BOAT BUILD
This stage of the ten year plan sees a half size SeaVax prototype being assembled on the mobile jig and launched into the sea, most likely at a location on the south coast of England. While the trial vessel is 22 meters as opposed to 44 meters, the filtration apparatus is full size. At this scale SeaVax is likely to be just 10% as efficient as its big brother. The full size SeaVax is necessary for effective fleet operations using energy harvested from nature via photovoltaic arrays and wind turbines.
Each stage requires the support of dedicated scientists, engineers and where applicable; subcontractors. For example, in year 4 partnering satellite engineers will become part of the project. Negotiations for this are underway, even where that stage is at least four years away.
10 YEAR PLAN: PROJECTIONS AS DEVELOPMENT MILESTONES Vs PROJECT COST IN $MILLIONS
TRL SCALE - The TRL scale is a metric for describing the maturity of a technology. The acronym stands for Technology Readiness Level. The scale consists of 9 levels. Each level characterises the progress in the development of a technology, from the idea (level 1) to the full deployment of the product in the marketplace after level 9. *The timescale is funding dependent and for that reason may be subject to a multiplication factor of 2 or more in terms of technology readiness, to become a 20 or even 30 Year Plan, meaning that by 2050 there is likely to be more plastic in our oceans than fish.
TEN YEAR PLAN: 2020 - 2030
The proposed 'ten year' agenda is to run from the date of completed funding agreements that demonstrate a necessary level of commitment from those participating in the World Ocean Antiplastic Alliance, to provide security (per term) to a team of scientists and engineers such as to give the incentive and means by which to complete the above stages of the project plan as proposed, or as subsequently amended and agreed following the completion and results of each work package.
Projections for a follow on 'Ten Years' of SeaVax/SeaNet operations are to form part of the 10th year forward planning. From the operations during the 10 years, sufficient data should be available to provide data supported $Dollar Returns estimates in relation to collected plastic and ocean regeneration.
Those with the ability to put the matter right, owe it to those who do not, to act positively to protect their neighbor's interests regardless of political differences. If that means assisting countries around the world to recognise the problems on their coasts, then that is one of the targets. For, if enough Governments join forces anything is possible, especially with potential solutions like SeaVax on the horizon - where in order to make such a system work we need global coordination and collaboration working independently on this one issue as brothers united in the war on plastic. The G20 confirm they are committed to reducing ocean pollution, it remains to be seen how such dedication is put into practice.
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MARINE LIFE - This humpback whale is one example of a magnificent animal that is at the mercy of human activity. Humans are for the most part unaware of the harm their fast-lane lifestyles are causing. We aim to change that by doing all we can to promote ocean literacy.
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