Unesco Green Citizens

Ocean Purpose Project

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Project begin: 03/03/2020

What if we turned waste into fuel? An Indonesian social enterprise has created a unit to transform plastic into hydrogen.

Leading organisation: Ocean Purpose Project Pte Ltd
The country where the team is based: Singapore
Covered Countries: Singapore, Indonesia
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development, Local and Indigenous Knowledge, Ocean
Sub-themes: Climate change, Coastal resource management, Energy, Environment, Food and food security, Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, Knowledge sharing, Natural disasters risk reduction, Natural resource management, Ocean education, Participatory/citizen science, Poverty and inequality reduction, Protecting marine ecosystems, Resources management, Sustainable lifestyles, Waste management
Tag: #Women #Youth
Selection: 2022
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Water pollution in South East Asia is a difficult problem to combat. Both Ocean Purpose Project solutions are frontier high tech solutions of plastic to hydrogen and low cost, low tech solutions of seaweed bioremediation.

A first plastic-to-fuel unit in Singapore is already underway with the Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Environment and Water Research Institute. It chemically recycles ocean plastic, that mechanical recyclers do not accept. This is done through pyrolysis, turning the plastic into low sulphur fuel, hydrogen and carbon nanotubes. Converts 320 tonnes of unsorted Ocean Plastic into 316 tonnes of High Profit Products with 100% Gas Emission Capture.

The Beach clean ups collect ocean plastic to be put through the plastic to fuel unit while educating the public to live responsibly and sustainably, reducing the cause of plastic pollution.

Produce bioplastic

Another impact of ocean pollution is harmful algae blooms that starve marine biodiversity of oxygen and result in mass fish death, reducing local seafood supply and jeopardising livelihood of local offshore fish farmers.

Ocean Purpose is also conducting a bioremediation project. It aims to develop native seaweed and mussel farming in Pasir Ris. Seaweed and mussels have the capability to filter toxic water allowing fish to remain healthy and be sold. They grow in abundance naturally in Pasir Ris waters. After growth, they can be turned into bioplastics.

When the prototypes are funded, Ocean Purpose will be able to develop its projects throughout Southeast Asia.

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