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Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids the World’s Oceans of Plastic While Generating Clean Energy

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On March 24, 2014 @ 5:36 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,Water Issues | 6 Comments

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Millions of tons of trash enter the ocean each year and cluster in particular areas of the world’s oceans. One of the most infamous plastic debris patches is located in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, commonly referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) [5]. This piece of “plastic soup” is twice the size of Texas and contains six times more plastic than plankton biomass. Seawer skyscraper was designed to tackle this issue while generating electricity at the same time.

Related: Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands [6]

South Korean designer Sung Jin Cho submitted the Seawer Skyscraper project as his proposal for this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The project includes a huge drainage hole 550 meters in diameter and 300 meters in depth that would be located at the heart of the GPGP. The structure consists of five layers of baleen filters that separate plastic particles and fluids. The particles are taken to an onboard recycling plant [7] while purified seawater is stored in a large sedimentation tank at the bottom of the structure before it is released back into the ocean.

+ 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition [4]

Related: Spectacular Wood Skyscraper That Can be Built Without a Single Nail Wins 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition [8]


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[3] recycles seawater: http://inhabitat.com/tag/seawater-recycling/

[4] 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition: http://www.evolo.us/category/competition/

[5] Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP): http://inhabitat.com/tag/great-pacific-garbage-patch/

[6] Related: Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands: http://inhabitat.com/sand-babel-solar-powered-twisting-skyscrapers-3d-printed-with-desert-sands/

[7] recycling plant: http://inhabitat.com/tag/water-recycling-plant-gippsland/

[8] Related: Spectacular Wood Skyscraper That Can be Built Without a Single Nail Wins 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition: http://inhabitat.com/spectacular-wood-skyscraper-that-can-be-built-without-a-single-nail-wins-2014-evolo-skyscraper-competition/

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