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Robot Removes Pollution From Water

posted Nov 11, 2010, 1:07 PM by Cesar Harada
posted Jun 15, 2010 6:50 PM by Cesar Harada   [ updated Jun 15, 2010 6:51 PM ]

As potable water becomes more scarce, a new invention offers hope, with the potential to clean up polluted waterways and make them suitable for drinking once again. The WatCleaner robot, created by Chinese industrial designer Ye Yao, floats on the surface of the water and automatically filters oil, trash and other pollutants. It has the ability to detect fish, making sure that none are harmed during the cleaning process.

From Blue Living Ideas:
The WatCleaner has detectors on the bottom that monitor water for pollution, everything from basic garbage to oil, and clean the water. Absorbent socks on the top of the WatCleaner absorb oil and cleanse it. Additionally, garbage is taken in and directed to a disintegrator- clean water is then sprayed through the top of the WatCleaner and returned to the water system. Along the way the WatCleaner also detects fish in order to clean the water in their area.

Beyond just cleaning the water of contaminants, the WatCleaner is also set up to transmit water condition information to land based controllers and ask for help if it encounters conditions too polluted to handle alone. As the WatCleaner takes on oil and garbage, the bin and oil bags can be removed and replaced.


First a trash-cleaning robot, and now a robot that cleans up polluted water? Science fiction is really coming to life. This invention has major potential for use all around the world. If we could clean up dirty waterways and make them safe again, that would go a long way toward easing the coming water crisis and preventing a lot of suffering. Perhaps the team that’s trying to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch should give Ye Yao a call.

Link Blue Living Ideas