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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.”

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