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Recover Ocean Plastic

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WHY: We can recover plastic pollution floating on the surface and in the water column of the circular oceanic currents and convert it into valuable products.

HOW: We use bio-robots to extract the plastic and bring it back to a Floating, Eco-Extraction, Upcycling, Offloading vessel (FEUO) where it is studied and processed at high seas.

WHAT: A new venture that works jointly with industry programs to design and build biologically intelligent plastic recovery robots and zero emissions, zero fuel, zero ballast water, plastic processing and transport vessels.

The Problem


There are 5 trillion pieces of waste plastic weighing 269,000 metric tons or 269 million kilos or 593 million pounds floating on the surface and in the water column of the world’s oceans.

Marine life ingests these plastics and perish.

Fish ingest plastic and end up on our plates.

The Solution

UpGyres has created an integrative approach to RECOVER, manage, treat and upcycle plastic waste from the oceans.

UpGyres is designing and developing the technology, equipment, and methodology to collect plastic pollution from the surface and water column of the global ocean with bio-robots.

UpGyres will integrate oceanic plastic harvesting with zero-emission, zero-fuel sea-to-port transport.


Regenerative Ocean Plastic Recovery for Re-Utilization Ocean Products and Services

Ocean Plastic Recovery Road Map & Approach

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Regenerative  Ocean Plastic Recovery Process Design Flow


UpGyres Ocean Plastic Recovery Consortium
CLEAN UP the Ocean Consortium Team

UpGyres RECOVER the Ocean Consortium

ISE Ltd. Port Coquitlam Canada (International Submarine Engineering) and its wholly owned subsidiary, ISER Ltd (ISE Research); the ISE Group of Companies is a world leader in the design and integration of autonomous and remotely operated surface and underwater robotic vehicles and terrestrial robotics.

Octo23 Technologies LLC., operates from Seattle, Paris and Hong Kong. Octo23 is an invention firm focused on the development of elegant solutions to difficult problems in new technologies for clean energy, clean water, ocean conservation, and robotics.

Global Tool Support Ltd. A consultancy company for robotic applications based in Barnet, U.K.

Canute Power is a privately own company focused on Renewable Energy System hydrokinetic wave energy conversion based in Orlando Florida in the U.S.A.

Biomimicry 3.8 based in the United States, is the global leader in biomimicry innovation consulting. Over the past 14 years, Biomimicry 3.8 has helped more than 250 clients and partners redesign sneakers, carpets, furniture, manufacturing processes, airplanes, and even entire cities; all in nature’ sustainable image.

Watreco is a privately own, market driven Research and Innovation Company based in Malmo Sweden that started in 2004. Watreco’s solutions are based on the patented Vortex Generator and the technology platform VPT – Vortex Process Technology, borrowing its working principle from the natural flow of water to deliver systems and solutions that work with nature, not against it.

free d graphics the Product Lifecycle Management Company based in Vancouver Canada has more than 20 years competence in the area of PLM Consulting and Engineering in the marine & offshore and industrial equipment industries. free d graphics provides consultancy and services in the areas of 3D visualization, finite and fluid dynamics computation, simulation and digital manufacturing.

RECOVER the Ocean Consortium Team

James McFarlane, Executive Vice President of ISE Ltd. (International Submarine Engineering) Port Coquitlam Canada. He is also an experienced ROV pilot and has logged over 10,000 hours of piloting time, primarily for oceanographic research.

Jordan McRae, Founder of Octo23 Technologies is an Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineer, Inventor, and Entrepreneur. In 2008, Jordan moved to Hong Kong to establish an R&D facility for Humdinger Wind Energy a modular non-turbine wind energy generator.

Dr. Jindong Liu Founder of Global Tool Support Ltd., works in the field of Biologically Inspired Mobile Robotics. His expertise is on mechanical design and embedded system design and control. Dr. Liu’s work includes bio-mimetic mobile robots, including the modelling, simulation, sensor fusion, pattern recognition, and unsupervised learning of robots.

Curt Hallberg, Manager, CTO, R&D responsible and owner of Watreco AB. Mr. Hallberg’s previous work experience include: Senior mechanical designer / Project leader at SAAB Bofors Underwater System AB, one of the world leaders in the area of underwater systems with special focus on shallow and difficult underwater environments.

Heiko Oldendorf, President and CEO of free d graphics Ltd. Mr. Oldendorf is an analytical consultant and applications specialist in the area of “Product Lifecycle Management”. free d graphics clients include: Porsche, Mercedes, Volkswagen and medium sized businesses in the area of Industrial Equipment and Marine & Offshore.

Roy Wagner,  Founder of Canute Power. Mr. Wagner is an expert on renewable energy, freshwater production methods and sustainable practices recycle, re-purpose, re-using systems integration as well as the world energy marketplace.

Dr. Dayna Baumeister, Cofounder and Keystone of Biomimicry 3.8 Dayna has helped more than 100 companies consult the natural world for elegant and sustainable design solutions, including Nike, Interface, General Mills, Boeing, Herman-Miller, Kohler, Seventh Generation and Procter & Gamble.

Mark Dorfman,  Biomimicry 3.8 Guild’s Green Chemistry Naturalist. Mark serves as Project Manager and Principal Research Consultant for clients seeking biomimetic green chemistry solutions to their sustainability challenges. His past environmental research and writing has led to public policy innovations including the federal Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 and the federal BEACHES Act of 2000.

Nicole Hagerman Miller, is Managing Director of Biomimicry 3.8 She works with global brands and leading innovators to effectively implement and integrate sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.

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