Vac­uum Barge Could Clean Up the Rivers

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The en­gi­neer fa­mous for cre­at­ing a game-chang­ing vac­uum cleaner is us­ing the same de­sign in­ge­nu­ity to help the en­vi­ron­ment.

James Dyson re­cently re­leased sketches for the M.V. Re­cy­clone: a river barge to col­lect garbage from pol­luted wa­ter­ways.

The pro­posed barge would be equipped with a net that would skim the sur­face of the wa­ter and trap float­ing rub­bish. The trash would then be sep­a­rated us­ing the very same cy­clone tech­nol­ogy that put Dyson vac­u­ums on con­sumers’ radars dur­ing the 1990s.

Once col­lected, the rub­bish could then be de­liv­ered to lo­cal re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties for pro­cess­ing.

While the barge is still in the early phases of re­search and devel­op­ment, the en­gi­neer hopes that the fi­nal de­sign will be able to cleanse rivers of pol­lu­tion be­fore the lit­ter makes its way into the ocean.

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