INHABITAT: Some of our readers expressed concern that the floating city will resemble a drilling environment. How would you put these concerns to rest?
Max Marty: At this time we’re not looking into floating platforms. Instead, we’re looking at existing vessel designs such as cruise ships and accomodation barges. If you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know it’s nothing like an oil rig.
INHABITAT: What are your chief environmental concerns for the project?
Max Marty: Broadly speaking, environmental concerns can be put into two categories. Waste management and energy generation. There are many good remedies for waste management that turn waste water into water that’s almost clean enough to drink. There are also many renewable energy sources, including sources that can be used on ships (such as wind, solar, wave energy harnessing, ocean thermal energy generation, etc). The problem is figuring out how to do these in a way that is both green and cost effective for our application. We’ve been making some headway here but would love to connect with individuals or organizations that could work with us on solutions to these questions.
INHABITAT: And how can these concerns be converted into opportunities?
Max Marty: There are many eco startups and cleantech companies out there with products that could work for a project like this. This would be an opportunity for them to demonstrate the feasibility of their products on the high seas while showcasing it to the world. This incubator will be a great hub of creativity and talented entrepreneurs from around the world, so if their products are successfully helping us generate the power we need to treat wastewater, they will be globally recognized as the tech leaders in this market.