Gallery: Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids the World’s Oceans of Plastic ...

 
South Korean designer Sung Jin Cho submitted the Seawer Skyscraper project as his proposal for this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition.

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). 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.

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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 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

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6 Comments

  1. rkearney May 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    When are they going to make, and deploy this? It looks wonderful.

  2. Vinbeazel appmentor April 25, 2014 at 3:48 am

    What if they could set up a competition between states and provinces to build this in the middle of an inland sea; such as the Salton Sea of California? Or the Great Salt Lake??

  3. aastamaria April 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I think this is wonderful. But how does it make sure that only plastics and trash are sucked in? What if plankton and other animals are filtered and removed from the ocean?

  4. neilfaraway March 25, 2014 at 6:48 am

    lovely idea except it wouldn’t produce power from hydro, you’d have to use solar to pump water down and through. left to its own devices water would just fill the whole structure and come to equilibrium – and the whole thing might sink. kind of like when you put a hole in the bottom of a boat….

  5. neilfaraway March 25, 2014 at 6:48 am

    lovely idea except it wouldn\’t produce power from hydro, you\’d have to use solar to pump water down and through. left to its own devices water would just fill the whole structure and come to equilibrium – and the whole thing might sink. kind of like when you put a hole in the bottom of a boat….

  6. Barrie Jones March 24, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Nice one :) umm.. that’d be a ‘Seascraper’ then? ;)

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