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Elizabeth Swan team members: Leo, Ryan and Terry



OCEAN AMBASSADORS - Leo, Ryan and Terry, at the UNA C&A Ocean Symposium 2022, held in Bexhill-On-Sea, Sussex.






The Cleaner Ocean Foundation were much obliged to the United Nations Association - Climate & Oceans (UNA C&A) for an opportunity to speak on green hydrogen as a source of renewable energy, and a means to economically store this sustainable resource, by electrolyzing water, then recombining using fuel cells


The problem facing the marine and automotive world is how to transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources, to create a circular economy without unhealthy air pollution. They are looking for a practical solution, with four methods of storage on the table, each employing very different technology. Hence, an investment nightmare, for those looking to define a clear winner.


The Elizabeth Swann team explained that compressed gas and liquid hydrogen had (to now) proven to be a troublesome method of storage, with the technology in its infancy, hence expensive and slow to develop. Whereas, Ammonia and Methanol, (not Methane, as one person misheard) were also considered, with Methanol being a clear winner in the practical stakes. But still with some way to go to being entirely green. Although Blue Methanol is already on the cards, for some oil companies, allied to carbon capture.





The Ocean Symposium 2022 was a multi- stakeholder event taking place in Bexhill-On-Sea, Sussex, England, with a local and a global approach. The theme this year is "Empowering Communities for Ocean Action". It will include an exciting Marine Exhibition with different interactive stands.


This event provided updates of different marine projects across Sussex and Internationally. Attendees to this event were able to interact directly with the Speakers during the Q&A sessions. The event showcased exciting new Sussex underwater marine biodiversity, as well as unique international Ocean short films.


The Ocean Symposium 2022 offered great opportunities for networking with the marine community.

The event was kindly sponsored by RS AQUA


RS Aqua Ltd., 21/22 The Slipway,
Marina Keep, Port Solent,
Portsmouth, PO6 4TR, UK

RS Aqua Ltd. Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
T: +44 (0) 2394 004 540
E: info@rsaqua.co.uk


:40 am Doors Open

10:00 am Opening Ceremony

im Dapling - Chief Officer, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

Cllr Kathy Harmer, C
hair of Rother District Council

United Nations Ocean message from Peter Thompson - UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Ocean (on film)


10:20 Chris Yesson (The Zoological Society of London) - Sussex Kelp Restoration Project (2022 updates)

10:35 Thea Taylor - Sussex Dolphin Project

10:50 Jake Wilson - Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

11:05 Q&A Session

11:20 C
offee Break & Networking (Coffee, Tea and biscuits provided)

11:40 Youth Project - "Bexhill beach garden, increasing biodiversity by the beach" (Community Supporters CIC)

11:55 F
ilm by Sussex Underwater

12:10 pm L
unch break & Networking

13:10 G
lobal Ocean Perspectives

United Nations Ocean Film

13: 15 D
r Raymond Ward - University of Brighton (speaking through Zoom from Brazil)

13:30 N
ile Bunger - Climate & Oceans Youth project, UNA Representative, Arizona (USA)

13:45 Chair, UNA Climate & Oceans - "Empowering Communities for Ocean Action" - UN Decade of Ocean Science in 2022

14:00 Q&A Session

14: 15 Coffee break & Networking

14:35 O
cean Innovation

13:35 RS Aqua Film

13:40 Phoebe Chadwick, Nathan Hunt - Ocean Scientists, RS Aqua, Innovative Technologies 2022

14: 55 Nelson Kay - Special Projects Coordinator, Cleaner Ocean Foundation / Vice President UNA Climate & Oceans

          with Terry Valeriano (PT/H&S), Ryan Dusart (Youth Ambassador) & Leo Perrin (Technical & Marketing student)

15:10 Q&A Session

Closing Words

15:30 T
im Dapling - Chief Officer, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

15:40 - 16:15 Networking and Marine Exhibition

16:30 Doors Close







TECHNOLOGY - The Elizabeth Swann stand was manned by Terry, Ryan and Leo, with Gonzalo Alvarez, one of the organizers of the event (UNA C&O Chairman), visiting the stand, seen on the far right. The team are developing a 1:20 proof of concept model, from a 1:200 scale floatation model (the small model seen in the foreground). The larger scale model will feature fully working rotate-able and folding solar wings, that track the sun, including charge controllers and lithium battery store, to complement the hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system.


The basis for this system is an extremely light and strong (triangulated) space-frame, not dissimilar to crane construction, except designed to be dynamic, as a high-performance moving vehicle. The wooden frame being held, was an experimental test-bed.


Previously, Terry was involved in the SeaVax project, that saw 5 years of development, 2 applications for UK funding and 3 applications for EU funding, before canceling active status. During this time, the G20 were lobbied to no avail, the replies being somewhat disappointing. It being clear they had no intention of funding the cleaning up of plastic from our oceans. Somewhat like climate compensation. The culprits are slow in coming forward. Meantime, the team, including 16 academics institutions, engineering and robotic companies, had moved on. Especially the volunteers, who had mortgages to pay.


Other organizations wanted SeaVax once it was developed. The cart before the horse syndrome, favored by many. Since, nobody wanted to help with development, from very basic proof of concept stage, to a fully demonstrable prototype, capable of selectively filtering plastic from seawater, while not harming wildlife.


You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.








The Elizabeth Swann team presented using a PowerPoint presentation





Where plastic pollution is nigh on impossible to obtain funding for, especially for an SME, or not for profit, where the grant makers are risk adverse. Sargassum may prove to be a source of revenue in years to come. Once again, the Caribbean and Mexican authorities are looking for off-the-shelf solutions. With very little in the way of emergency funding, for example to convert the SeaVax concept to sargassum harvesting, and/or sequestration.


The big cheeses who make funding decisions want their cake and eat it. They want new technology, but they want it developed by mature companies with years of trading track record under their belts, and significant financial resources of their own, typically from profits from existing products. The good news, is that academics will nearly always bag funding for research, even if they are not entirely forthcoming in technology transfer. At least somebody is working on it somewhere.






Novara and Elizabeth Swann teams - all in a good cause



SEPTEMBER 2022, SOVEREIGN HARBOUR - Terry, Dr Nigel Jollands, Veronica Lysaght, and Ryan at another event in Eastbourne, earlier in the year. Terry and Ryan are team members of the Elizabeth Swann JVH2 project. They were very pleased to meet the environmental sailors, and learn of their inspirational project, in turn being inspired. The Yacht Club in Eastbourne's Sovereign Harbour, proved to be an ideal venue for such events.
















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