SEACLEAR

Today's oceans contain 26-66 million tons of waste, with approximately 94% located on the seafloor. So far, collection efforts have focused mostly on surface waste, with only a few local efforts to gather underwater waste, always using human divers. No solution exists that exploits autonomous robots for underwater litter collection; the SeaClear project will develop the first.

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SeaClear gripper grabs first litter

The team at TUM - ITR has developed a prototype of the gripper device for SeaClear. This version is decidedly simple for robust operation under harsh conditions and will provide a baseline for comparing its efficiency to upgrades with suction capabilities and other advanced features. In this video a KUKA iiwa robot is used to simulate the motion of the underwater vehicle the skid and gripper will be attached to. The versatility and robustness of the gripper design is shown by collecting various objects of different shapes and material, from stiff but deformed cans to flexible nets or piles of objects.

SeaClear featured at homePORT

A few days ago, SeaClear was featured on the frontpage of homePort, "...a maritime real laboratory and makerspace for the port of the future ...". Claudia Hertel-ten Eikelder, project responsible of partner HPA (Hamburg Port Authority), answered questions regarding the objectives and methods of the project, together with our current progress and future steps. You can read the whole interview on the homePort website, together with a project page outlining the most important information about SeaClear

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 871295.

The SEACLEAR project spans four years, running from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2023.

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