Expedition and Goals
After the first shocking findings - that a global clean-up of the oceans was now unrealistic - during the Race for Water Odyssey completed in 2015, the conclusions were clear: “plastic islands” do not exist. In effect, the idea of collecting plastic waste at sea turns out to be an utopian dream. Instead, in the middle of the oceans there is a “soup” of microplastics that swirls in the oceanic gyres. “We quickly realized that the long-term solution was here, back on land,” Simeoni says. “It is essential to prevent plastics from leaking into the ocean.”
This year, Race for Water is embarking on a second oceanic tour with this new Odyssey. We aim to provide concrete, technology based solutions for the preservation of the ocean. “In 2015, we were, in the final analysis, powerless up against the scale of the problem of plastic pollution of the ocean. With the 2017-2021 Odyssey, and its integrated mixed solar-hydrogen-kite-powered vessel, we want to demonstrate that sustainable solutions for ocean conservation can be realized thanks to innovative technologies.”
Our Four Goals
- To promote innovative solutions capable of transforming plastic waste into energy resources (a machine developed with our partner ETIA, whose pilot project will be carried out in autumn 2017).
- To accelerate the clean energy transition by improving the mixed solar-hydrogen-kite power of our ambassador vessel, the Race for Water.
- To contribute to science by hosting international teams of researchers and educational science projects on our vessel.
- To raise awareness among decision-makers, the general public and younger generations about the urgent need to conserve the oceans.