The Great Bubble Barrier winner of Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018
Anne Marieke Eveleens, one of the co-founders of The Great Bubble Barrier has won the grand prize of €500,000 in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. With this amount the start-up can further develop their green innovation against plastic polution.
Climate-KIC start-up The Great Bubble Barrier was founded in 2017 by Anne Marieke Eveleens, Francis Zoet and Saskia Studer. They created ‘The Great Bubble Barrier’ – a barrier that blocks and removes plastics in the river, while letting ships and fish pass.
Before entering the ocean, plastic waste collects in our canals, rivers and channels. The majority of the plastic is hidden, as it disappears under the surface. The Great Bubble Barrier goes straight to the source: our canals, rivers and channels. By placing two bubble barriers (or air screens) diagonally, they block plastics from moving downstream, and make clever use of the current of the river to direct the waste to the banks. The Great Bubble Barrier creates a bubble barrier by pumping air through a tube with holes, placed on the bottom of the river. The upward current that the bubbles generate brings the waste to the surface, and the turbulence stops the waste from flowing downstream.
By winning the Green Challenge 2018 their goal to realise the Great Bubble Barrier at smart locations, to stop as much plastic as possible in its way to the oceans, is now a step closer.
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