James Dyson, inventor of the Dyson vacuum, now hopes to use his coveted cyclone technology to tackle the pervasive problem of water pollution. While the invention is just in its infancy stage, Dyson is surely qualified to comment on the subject and many are beginning to listen.
The recycling barge would navigate rivers, where the majority of water pollution originates. Large nets would drape off the back of the barge, skimming the surface and collecting pollution as it went along. A suction technology would then pull the pollution from the net and the cyclone technology would separate the different types of plastic.
To effectively collect all sizes of debris, Dyson notes that the barge would likely need to be outfitted for a series of sorting stages. Though the technology is still a long way off, Dyson is specifically known for his tenacity and creative problem solving when it comes to his inventions. Before perfecting his first vacuum he made 5,127 prototypes.
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