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The Seabin Project aims to rid the oceans of plasticSeabins are being installed at harbors and marinas across the planet with the simple task of cleaning up garbage and possibly oil floating in the water. CNET met up with Seabin Project CEO Pete Ceglinski during an installation in Alameda, California,...
[MUSIC] [NOISE] My name is Pete Ceglinski and I'm the CEO of Seabin Project and we're here today in the Ballena Isle Marina here in San Francisco and we're just getting ready to put a seabin in the water [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Seabin is like a floating trash can and we put it in the water at marinas and we put in on a sliding dock and we put water in from the top And then we pump it out the bottom and then we filter the debris and the trash and the oil with a filter in the middle of that. The filters that we're using they're a fine mesh And it's, at the moment, they're polypropylene plastics. So essentially, we're using plastic to catch plastics. With the current filter we're using we're catching microplastics to two millimeters in size. And we have developed the filter using a finer mesh where we've been catching microfibers. So stuff that you cannot see with the naked eye you need a microscope. And certainly that we have under development as well. [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Debris and trash in the marinas is a much bigger problem than I think people realize and it doesn't necessarily come from our members or from within. The trash is carried across the water And it comes in collects in these little pocket areas and marinas tend to be a good location for that. It's going to be food containers, water bottles, cigarette butts, little pieces of like twine and just the stuff that you would see blowing around in any type of natural environment. Steven works 24/7 so it's an employee 24 hours a day for us. And then we just come by periodically and it also collects a lot of the smaller stuff that we miss. And it's just a great opportunity for us to be able to do something that is positive for the environment. [MUSIC] We did a cloud funding campaign and we raised $362,000 and that gave us the kick start to start this whole project and so. That was two years ago, and now we have the commercial Seabins, and it's ready to go in the water. I think we have about 70 different countries with Seabins ordered, and every day it's just more and more. The interest is just, it's huge. The cost of the Seabins is 3,300 euros. The maintenance cost, it's basically the electricity for running of the pump. It's using 500 watts and it's only doing 4 amps, which means that it's quite a low energy consumption, and yes it is adaptable that we can have it run by the solar power, wind power, or wave. We also have some concepts that we've validated where we can get off the dock. And into the oceans because the technology is quite simple and it's very adaptable. And so this is our ten year plan. So by 2027, we aim to be out off shore into the jaws. [MUSIC]