Unesco Green Citizens
Project begin: 01/09/2019

To fight against ocean pollution and clean up ports, a group of students have come up with a beautiful technology inspired by nature. These engineering students have designed Green Turtle, a turtle robot that tracks plastic waste.

Leading organisation: West Association for Vessels of ESTACA (WAVE)
The country where the team is based: France
Covered Countries: France
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development, Hydrology, Ocean
Sub-themes: Access to water, Cities, Climate change, Environment, Food and food security, Resources management, Sustainable lifestyles, Waste management, Water scarcity and quality
Tag: #Youth
Selection: 2021
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By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans! Yet, there are no widely available solutions to collect waste in harbors and coastal areas that are highly affected by marine currents and marine flows.

Students from ESTACA (French engineering school specialized in transport industries) decided to work on a practical, inclusive and accessible solution to enable municipalities and local citizens to clean up the ocean.

An innovative project inspired by nature

Green Turtle is an autonomous robot collecting waste in ports. The robot is conceived as a turtle using its artificial fins to move. Fully automatized, the turtle detects, chases, and collects waste by itself thanks to its intelligence system. Equipped with a stomach with a storage capacity of 50 liters, this turtle is able to pick waste on the surface as well as underwater – collecting plastic bags, cups, or cans for example. The first Green Turtle prototype will be released in 2022. It will then be tested and replicated across diverse regions in France.
The ambition of the Green Turtle initiative is to be deployed in order to clean up harbors in different regions of the world. This student initiative has received the support of experts and leaders in engineering and looking to develop partnerships. The Green Turtle team is always looking for corporate sponsors and institutions.

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