Solar Powered Water Wheel Cleaning the Ocean

Solar Powered Water Wheel Cleaning the OceanWhile browsing Facebook, I happened upon a really interesting article about a solar powered water wheel that cleans the plastic from the ocean. It turned out to be a fascinating read.

Only .1% of plastic produced each year ends up in the ocean, which doesn’t sound like a lot, right? Well, when you realize that we produce about 300 million tons of plastic each year, you understand how polluted our oceans can be. There are about 1 billion tons of plastic in the ocean currently which is a huge problem to the environment. The plastic detrius is harmful to all the animals and plants that inhabit our oceans.

However, the City of Baltimore has a solution. The Healthy Harbor program  revealed the Water Wheel to help clean up the debris inside the Baltimore harbor.The Water Wheel pulls floating garbage out of the water onto a conveyer belt, which deposits it into a dumpster barge, thus preventing the trash form ending up in the ocean. To make things even more environmentally friendly, the wheel is powered by both the current and solar panels. In about two months of operation, it has collected around 50 tons of garbage from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, most notably a tire in recent months. Not only is it helping the environment, it’s also a really cool idea, and an example of how fantastic innovation can be. I was amazed at how much trash was collected, especially in light of the statistic I mentioned earlier.

If you want to learn more about it, here’s a video of the Water Wheel:, and here is its Twitter feed

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