When and where will the first platform start its service?
The plan is to deploy the first prototypes 5 years from now. To this end, we urgently need capacities and funding to be able to achieve the transition from theory to practice.
Do you already have any idea what is to happen with the garbage after it has been removed from the sea?
My first idea was plastic waste gasification. The process yields a synthetic gas containing mainly CO2 and hydrogen. Hydrogen can be used as an energy carrier and CO2 as food for algae cultures. Their biomass could in turn be used as biodegradable algae plastics. Presently, our "Team Recycling" is examining the viability of this process and of other alternative approaches. We set great store by sustainable recycling. Actually, plastics are a valuable raw material that is based on the finite resource petroleum. Therefore, from our point of view, incineration is not an option at all.