Feb 28, Trash Removing Water Wheel

Trash Removing Water Wheel

We spotted this great innovation from the US that aims to help remove plastic and rubbish from rivers and waterways, and who knows, maybe this technology will one day be adapted for the oceans.

In Spring 2014, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will become home to the first permanent waterwheel-powered trash interceptor. With energy from the Jones Falls River current and solar panels, the floating device sweeps litter up a conveyor belt and straight into a Dumpster for easy disposal.

The Parts :

A) Booms direct trash onto the conveyor

B) Rake system breaks up the intertwined debris

C) Conveyor belt lifts the trash out of the water

D) Dumpster collects the waste for later disposal

E) Waterwheel turns the conveyor belt

F) Solar panel array provides supplemental power.

Source: John Kellett of Clearwater Mills, LLC and Ziger/Snead Architects

 Illustration by “Son Of Alan”