Gallery CollectiX 1
Gallery CollectiX 1
March 2021
Headquarters 52070 Aachen, Deutschland

CollectiX - An efficient garbage boat collecting tons of plastic waste from waters

Eleven million tons of plastic waste are discharged into the oceans every year, a large part of it via rivers. To tackle this challenge, everwave, Berky and DFKI cooperated to create the “CollectiX”, an innovative solution to clean water bodies and protect the environment. With approx. 20 tons of garbage collection per day, a single boat ensures optimal water purification. A drone supports each garbage boat and identifies the waste hotspots. In addition, the boat is equipped with sensors which, thanks to artificial intelligence, help to analyse the waste smartly. In this way, not only collect garbage is collected, but also detailed data on its composition. The solution helps to maintain rivers, lakes, canals and harbours clean all over the world.

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Key features

  • Boat dimensions: 6,40 m long, 2,40 m width, 0,45 m draught
  • Loading capacity of 2,75 tons of plastic waste
  • Collect up to 20 tons of plastics per day
  • The collected plastic is recycled and can be used to manufacture products or building materials
  • If a fish gets onto the conveyor belts, it can escape to the side by its own movement


  • Up to $ 33.000 costs for damage per ton plastic per year; -"CollectiX" collects up to 7.200 tons per year over 10 years lifetime; -$ 237,6 million per year saved; -$ 2,4 billion saved over lifetime
  • Price up to 250.000 € with 5 % maintenance costs per year

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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