This floating ‘continent’ is self-sustainable and cleans the ocean
Architectural engineer Honglin Li presented a project of a self-sufficient floating skyscraper designed to recycle garbage and purify seawater.
The developed FILTRATION concept provides for the construction of a surface platform and a vertical structure with several units for material recovery and treatment facilities. The proposed technologies make the station self-sufficient, since they will provide the systems with a sufficient amount of environmentally friendly energy for autonomous processing of whole «garbage continents».
In conventional installations, the collection, sorting and distribution of waste is based on gravity and multiple containers. The floating skyscraper uses seawater to pump and lift debris and contaminated water to the top of the building. After that, separation and filtration takes place, at the end of which the final products go down.
As a result, the purified water flows to the bottom, and the final products of processing can be delivered to the shore in two ways. The first involves loading onto transport ships, and the second is the use of tidal energy.
Overall Honglin Lee’s proposal provides a safe and even regenerative solution for dealing with floating waste.
Recall that the Australian government supported the project cost $ 20 billion in production and the supply of electricity to Singapore via a 3800 km submarine cable.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: honglin-li