Developed by The Great Bubble Barrier, the Bubble Barrier consists of an innovative and smart technology which can intercept plastic pollution in rivers before it reaches the ocean.
How does it work?
The Bubble Barrier comprises of three main components: the bubble curtain, the compressor, and the catchment system.
The three components are designed to work together to create an optimal solution at each location.
The Bubble Barrier, designed to operate continuously (24/7), is tailored specifically to the waterway and installed with a catchment system matched to the river properties.
- The bubble curtain is created by pumping air through a perforated tube on the bottom of the waterway.
- This bubble curtain creates an upward current which directs the suspended plastics to the surface of the water, preventing it from flowing downstream.
- The system is placed diagonally in the river, making use of the natural flow of the river: this way, the plastic waste is directed to the side and into the catchment system at the riverbank, where it is retained and removed from the water.
Where is The Great Bubble Barrier tested?
MAELSTROM will implement, test and validate the Bubble Barrier in a suitable location in Portugal.