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SAIL&CLEAN – A complete solution for sea cleaning: marine litter removal and optimal algal bloom harvesting

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Project "SAILCLEAN" data sheet

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Organization address
address: ARNARKLETTI 26
postcode: 310
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 Coordinator Country Iceland [IS]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2.3. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs)
3. H2020-EU.2.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-08-01   to  2018-11-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ASCO HARVESTER EHF IS (REYKJAVIK) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

Europe is currently facing a huge and complex challenge when it comes to cleaning its oceans. On one hand, marine litter represents a tremendous environmental problem. Plastics pose a serious threat to all marine animals, as well as to boats and coasts. There are more than 150 million tonnes of plastics accumulated in the world's oceans while up to 8 million tons are added every year. On the other, eutrophication is causing an intensification of harmful algal bloom episodes, which lead to fish die-offs, cities cutting off water to residents, or states having to close fisheries. In the EU the annual cost of those blooms surpasses the €900 million. Municipalities and public authorities in charge of the preservation of the coasts still fail at targeting these issues at the same time because current solutions consist of either simple barges that collect debris in shallow waters or boats that can harvest the undesirable algae but unable to remove litter. Asco Harvester is an Icelandic SME committed to the development of a new family of efficient and sustainable boats that can tackle these two problems thanks to their dual functionality. Our boats can mow toxic algae and clean garbage and other waste from seas and ocean waters simultaneously. ASCO boats exhibit a very high harvesting productivity (40% higher than current harvesters) and are capable of working in difficult areas, such as fjords, open oceans or river canal. In addition, they incorporate a very efficient module able to capture up to 15 tons/day of plastic and other marine litter. We have implemented a business model based in selling and renting our boats to respond to seasonal demands thus maximising our business opportunity. By the end of 2024 (five years after market launch), we expect to have 70 units in the market: 38 units sold and 32 rented, with an associated cumulative profit of €11.2 M.

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