Dyson Vacuums Has Plan To Clean The World’s Rivers

    April 19, 2014
    Toni Matthews-El
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James Dyson, the man for whom his many vacuums are named, is no longer satisfied with just cleaning the kitchen and living room floors of millions of households.

The inventor has set his sights on the far grander and more challenging goal of ridding the rivers of the world of pollution.

Dyson recently unveiled a concept for a special “vacuuming” barge meant to move slowly up and down rivers, removing plastic debris and various forms of pollutants.

There is a logical reason to aim at cleaning our rivers of all that problematic debris: These items will eventually be flushed into the Earth’s oceans.

The large bodies of water are filling up with garbage at an alarming rate.

This concept could prove to be just the solution needed to cut back on ocean pollution or even eliminate it altogether.

When speaking with FastCompany, Dyson explained his concept in further detail:

Large skim nets unfurl from the rollers at its stern and are anchored on each side of the river. Hydraulic winches wind them in and out. The nets face upstream and skim the surface of the river for floating debris.

The plastic waste is shredded on board and then different grades of plastic are separated by a huge cyclone–very similar to the way our cyclonic vacuums work.

The vacuum man also revealed to FastCompany that he initially expected the machine would function in a fixed capacity at certain locations along the rivers.

Dyson said he eventually abandoned the original concept after realizing that boats would provide the mobility necessary to meet the scale of work required.

While his vision is an impressive one, Dyson understands that it’s the easiest part of the journey toward making the vacuuming barge a reality.

“It would need to be prototyped, tested, and refined and that’s the hard part,” said Dyson.

As difficult as it might be to bring this concept to life, Dyson is not a man easily deterred.

This is someone who went through over 5,000 versions of his very first vacuum before he found the right one to market.

As time passes and technology advances, Dyson is confident he’ll be able to create a pollution-eliminating barge.

Hopefully the invention comes before it’s far too late to reverse the ocean pollutant trend.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

  • 8404 USN Hosp Corpsman

    Drats! …And here I was just about to draw up plans to vacuum the ozone layer and globally re-refrigerate the poles. I’m still holding out hopes Dyson won’t steal those ideas from me too!

  • Barry Boats

    Mr. Dyson,
    Can you build one of these for all the pollutants chocking our country. Most of which are concentrated in one place, Washington D.C. they are commonly referred to as “politicians”.
    Thank you for your efforts

  • Mmmmmm_slurry

    I believe Mr. Burns already did this in The Simpsons. His end product, which of course included all the marine life that got vacuumed up, was called “Little Lisa’s Patented Animal Slurry” Mmmmmm …. slurry …