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An efficient garbage boat collecting tons of plastic waste from waters

March 2021
Gallery CollectiX 1
Gallery CollectiX 1


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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Label Date March 10, 2021
From Germany
Maturity stage Initial market commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Partners

The environmental benefits

  • 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

The Financial benefits

  • 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

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We are dedicated to protect rivers and oceans from plastic waste by technological innovation and ecological inspiration.

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Headquarters 52070 Aix-la-Chapelle, Allemagne

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