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A start-up from Türkiye is seeking a partner for AI-powered autonomous marine cleaning technology


Profile Type
Technology offer
POD Reference
Term of Validity
20 April 2024 - 20 April 2025
Company's Country
Type of partnership
Research and development cooperation agreementCommercial agreement with technical assistance
Targeted Countries
All countries
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General information

Short Summary
The client is a start-up from Türkiye working in the environmental technology sector. The client is offering a level-3 autonomous marine cleaning vehicle for cleaning marine, lakes, and coasts. The technology is specifically designed to tackle the urgent problem of marine pollution. With its state-of-the-art technology and remarkable abilities, provides effective waste collection and real-time reporting on the sea surface.
Full Description
The technology is an advanced marine waste management system (vehicle and software) designed to tackle the global challenge of ocean pollution. The system cleans marine environments by collecting plastic waste, oil spills, and debris. Its autonomous operation, powered by artificial intelligence, enables precise waste identification and collection, making it highly effective and cost-efficient. The System is a pivotal tool in preserving marine ecosystems and supporting biodiversity, offering municipalities and organizations a sustainable solution for cleaner water bodies.

The main features of the technology include:
• Autonomous navigation up to 10 km from the coast.
• Waste collection capacity of 1 ton per payload.
• Operational capability of 4.5 to 6 hours depending on weather conditions.
• A mouth width of 2.5 meters for optimal waste collection.
• GPS and advanced AI algorithms for route optimization and precise waste detection.
• Energy-efficient carbon fiber body, combining compactness and durability to ensure longevity and efficiency in diverse marine environments.
• It can clean an area of 1 square kilometer with a waste collection speed of 4-5 knots per hour.
Ideal for ports, harbors, lakes, and ponds, the system specifically targets plastics, algae, and other floating debris on the sea surface. This technology not only improves the efficiency of marine waste management but also contributes significantly to the preservation of marine ecosystems through detailed waste mapping and data analysis for further action.

The key components of the technology are as follows:
- Image Detection: Initial identification of waste is performed using image detection technology.
Image Processing Technology for Color Histogram: Utilizing image processing technology, the color histogram of the detected image is generated.
- Training Process: The image undergoes a training process to verify if it matches previously trained waste data.
If the match is confirmed with a confidence level above 90%, the system recognizes the presence of waste.
- Decision Process: When the similarity ratio of waste in the image exceeds 90%, the autonomous marine vehicle's motors are activated to navigate to the corresponding location for waste collection.
- Confirmation during Waste Collection: While waste is being collected on the rotating conveyor belt, confirmation is re-verified using image processing technology with the assistance of a camera.
- Transfer of Waste Location to the Dashboard: The waste location, along with relevant information, is transmitted to the dashboard for real-time monitoring and management.
Advantages and Innovations
This technology is an innovative autonomous marine cleaning vehicle designed to address marine pollution in the seas of Turkey, particularly targeting mucilage.
The technology boasts a remarkable 96% increase in cleaning efficiency compared to traditional methods, making significant strides in tackling marine debris.
Notably, it operates with sustainability in mind, emitting only 4 tons of CO2 per ton of waste, significantly less than conventional approaches.
The technology represents a breakthrough in marine cleanup, offering a highly efficient, environmentally conscious solution for protecting our oceans.

Advantages include:

- Extensive operational autonomy and coverage area.
- Real-time data reporting and comprehensive waste mapping.
- Reduced operational costs due to autonomous functionality.
- Increased durability and performance in diverse marine environments.
Stage of Development
Already on the market
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 6: Clean Water and SanitationGoal 14: Life Below WaterGoal 13: Climate Action

Partner Sought

Expected Role of a Partner
We are seeking partners for project collaborations who can contribute to market expansion, collaborative development, and identifying opportunities in various sectors such as agriculture or maritime activities.
Type and Size of Partner
SME 11-49SME 50 - 249Big companySME <=10R&D Institution
Type of partnership
Research and development cooperation agreementCommercial agreement with technical assistance

Call details

Coordinator required


Technology keywords
10002013 - Clean Production / Green Technologies10004009 - Marine Environment03001001 - Cleaning Technology01001001 - Automation, Robotics Control Systems
Market keywords
08004003 - Water treatment equipment and waste disposal systems08004004 - Other pollution and recycling related
Sector Groups Involved
Maritime Industries and Services
Targeted countries
All countries