INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleplex of the Sea” Island

by , 01/01/13

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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.

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  1. Eric Hahn February 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Military concepts like Afloat Forward Sustaining Base (AFSB) obviously have a completely different mission than a tech incubating ship, but sustaining people and systems at sea is a common requirement. How can it be accomplished most “sustainably”?

  2. Jonathan Baker May 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I like the idea. I like the concept. I particularly like it because I have spent quite a few years conceiving, designing and building floating structures similar to what you are looking at. I would recommend building from scratch.
    If you’d like a sounding board with real practical experience (coupled with a passionate belief in the Vision), feel free to contact me. Easiest would be to contact me through LinkedIn: Jonathan T Baker, Architect.
    Good luck

  3. Captjeff March 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Fabulous concept.
    I want in!!
    Do it gents it is the way of the future
    What a vision only money can promote and achieve.

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