Search, Identification, and Collection of marine Litter with Autonomous Robots


The SeaClear project uses the latest methods in mapping, classification and robotic control to fight plastic in the ocean with unmanned vehicles.

When we talk about sustainability, we often hear about 9 planetary boundaries. One of the best-known boundaries is climate change. This has inevitably gained notoriety in recent decades. However, experts often talk about the fact that there is at least one other plantar boundary: plastic waste in our oceans. 

More and more tons of plastic waste are ending up in the oceans of our world. The consequences of this continuous littering are severe. The SeaClear project is about “cleaning up” coastal regions, some of which are struggling with devastating waste problems.

Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program


Start of the project: January 2020

Estimated end: December 2023

In a nutshell

The use of surface and underwater drones in the fight against plastic waste in the sea

Goal of the project

There are about 26 to 66 million tons of trash in the oceans. More than 80% of this is on the seabed. To date, underwater waste has been collected by divers, and the effort and costs involved are enormous. Autonomous processes have hardly existed up to now. In SeaClear, the project partners are developing a robotic solution that autonomously detects 80% of underwater waste, classifies it and collects 90% of it.

Subject of the project
Cooperation partners
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Partners of the SeaClear project

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