Technological interventions across flood-hit regions the need of the hour

From India and China to Germany and Belgium, floods have wreaked havoc across the globe, adding to the woes of the ongoing pandemic. The natural disaster not only put people’s lives at stake, but is also detrimental to the environment. With debris and waste materials being washed away into the water bodies, the marine environment also gets disturbed.

While relief efforts are on full swing, during such times, technological intervention is also the need of the hour. WasteShark by RanMarine Technology, a Netherland-based company, is one such example. Modelled after the Whale Shark, WasterShark is an autonomous surface vessel that is used as a cleaning tool across water bodies.

With zero greenhouse emissions, the water robot is said to be the world’s first data harvesting autonomous surface vessel. It removes waste materials from marine environment all the while monitoring the pollution levels.

The technology can be operated autonomously and has the capability of removing up to 500 debris per day. The best part about WasteShark is that it comes at an affordable price and is easily transportable.

The technology has been leveraged by several countries for cleaning up water bodies. With this, RanMarine Technology has proven its expertise and competence. Garnering investments from Luxembourg based firms like the Rajat Khare led Boundary Holding, it has also been able to scale up its operations over the years. This has, in turn, boosted the tech company to keep on working towards its commitment – of protecting waters across the planet.

RanMarine is just one among the few tech companies across the world that have been innovatively depolluting the water bodies. However, at a time when mankind and the earth are being devastated by the disastrous floods, development and deployment of technologies like WasteShark, is imperative. This will not only help in removing ‘floating pollution’ across water bodies faster, but also enable relief workers to focus more on humanitarian efforts.  

Excerpt from: the IBTDesk ”Finding sustainable solutions

The collaboration led to a crucial development after Rajat Khare met the founder of the Dutch Cleantechstartup – RanMarine, Richard Hardiman. While speaking on the occasion, Rajat Khare said that the past progress of the company impressed him the most, and technologies like Cleantech&Medtech would attract more investments from Boundary Holding in the future.

Since waste in international waters is nobody’s direct responsibility, the world has been looking for an eco-friendly and sustainable solution – to clean and maintain water health. Thus, it would be safe to assume that such investments can help innovative ideas find their niche in the ever-growing market. ASVs designed by RanMarine help in round-the-clock monitoring and cleaning from waterways. The machine can clean over 500 kg debris per day with 10 hours swim time, 5 km range, and a 15-year-long lifetime.

For the investor Rajat Khare, positive social return matters, however, his company’s main emphasis would be to realize financial gains from such investments in the future.

As mankind continues to evolve exponentially, impacting the environment, Cleantech innovation and the green economy are being considered critically important, especially in the maritime sector. Moreover, high-octane awareness campaigns & programs by the environmentalists would force the world to use cleaner, more inclusive shipping mechanisms, making Cleantech the best possible solution in the market and investors need to assist companies to accomplish such tasks.”


Is autonomous technology the solution to fight water pollution?

The quantity of plastic waste is rapidly increasing in rivers, lakes and oceans across the world. Over 245 million tonnes of plastic wasteis floating on the surface of oceans, while tonnes of heavy waste materials are present on the floor of these oceans. The presence of plastic waste in waterways has affected all kinds of living beings, including birds, fish, humans, etc.

One of the largest patches of floating plastic and other waste materials present on the surface of oceans is spread over 1.6 million square kilometres in the pacific. There are four similar patches present in the oceans, which are relatively smaller than the one in pacific. 

Undoubtedly, it is not an easy job to clean up these patches of garbage only through manpower. However, with the help of water robots, this activity can be performed rather easily. These water robots can operate independently and clean the plastic patches faster with great accuracy.       

One such autonomous surface vehiclesor water robot, known as WasteShark can clean up to 200 litres of ocean waste before being emptied. Inspired by whale sharks,  WasteSharkfloats through the sea just like the former with its mouth open, collecting garbage instead of fish. Developed by RanMarinetechnology,  WasteShark moves gently that prevents it from posing any danger to the ocean life. It also collects data about water quality, providing insights into how fast plastic is degrading in the seas. 

The products of RanMarine, including WasteShark, are designed to be used both manually and autonomously with online control and access. The company has specialized in the development of industrial autonomous surface vessels for ports, harbours and other marine and water environments. The data enablement of its products allows customers to closely monitor the environment and makeup of their water and create an accurate picture of the waters DNA over the time.

Developed in association with the German research centre for artificial intelligence, WasteShark is one of the most efficient and smart products of RanMarine. The company has been fostering the growth of green solutions to the complex problems. As a result, the Netherlands-based start-up recently managed to secure funding from Boundary Holding, a Luxembourg-based investment firm, led by Rajat Khare. RanMarine is planning to utilize the funds on the R&D of upcoming products, data and customer portal to expand the team and business development for a holistic growth.

With the advent of products like WasteShark, the prospects of ensuring clean waterways have brightened. Boasted with capabilities like 5 km range, 10 hour swim time, 15 years of operating life and 500 kg of debris clearance in a day, autonomous surface vehicles like WasteShark can certainly be the solution to fight water pollution in a comprehensive way.