Gallery PlakMan 1
Gallery PlakMan 1
March 2019
Headquarters 12 Jln Batu Nilam, Singapore 669131

PlakMan - Solar powered boat

This solar powered boat removes floating plastic debris from the seas and oceans & processes them onboard to reduce their volume for further recycling.

The 8m solar powered catamaran PlakMan aims at removing floating debris - mostly plastic - from the inner waterways, lakes, seas and oceans. It only uses solar power and is therefore 100% ecological. Since the speed required to scoop plastic out of the water is low, there is an excess of electrical power available onboard. Part of this power is stored in batteries so that the PlakMan can sail day and night, another part can be used to power a plastic shredder and a compactor installed onboard. This way, the plastic volume is drastically reduced and unloading intervals can be extended 10 fold. Sorting at the source and pre-processing the plastic debris onboard gives the waste an additional value too which can pay for the crew operating the boat and handling the waste. In the insular areas where power is scarce, the PlakMan can also be used as mini off-grid power station of 5+ kW which is enough to supply power for a small village.

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Key features

  • After working 300 days/year, 25 miles sailed per day with the waste processing machines running, it saves 8000 tons of CO2 per year.
  • Produces yearly 11000 kWh of energy per year, 9000 of them are used for the PlakMan operations.
  • Very low voltage DC, easy to understand and safe.


  • Compared to similar size boat, saves 5350 USD per year from solar.
  • Earnings of 10k+ USD from the pre-processed recyclable plastics.

Company Profile

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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