Protei – Open Hardware Oil Spill Cleaning Sailing Robot

a computer generated graphic of the protei sailing robot

Sometimes it’s hard to find news and ideas that truly inspire – even within the brave new world of ‘green’.

While economic growth depends upon selfishness and greed, designed obsolescence and waste, secrecy and competition, meaningful progress seems elusive.

This little project exemplifies a way forward. Embracing the ‘open’ approach that is revolutionising the world of software and applying it to the development of ‘hardware’.

Open cooperation and collaboration where the bottom line is providing a solution to a problem that anyone can access and use.

“Protei is a low-cost open-source oil collecting robot that autonomously sails upwind, intercepting oil sheens going downwind. Protei combines conventional technologies in an innovative design that we can implement in the short term to address timely environmental crisis such as the BP Oil Spill, cleaning the ocean gyre garbage patches or performing ocean research.”

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