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ARTISTS IMPRESSION - The solar assisted wing area (or deck) multiplication system is yet to be proven, by way of a proof of concept model. But, could happen in 2023, if current development plans are suitably supported. Solar power for shipping has taken a back seat, despite the potential to reduce the need to produce more hydrogen compounds at land based locations, than may be needed. This is despite the fact that energy from onshore and offshore wind farms is cheaper than from fossil fuels.






The Elizabeth Swann is a plastic free ship, designed to be built in 5083 marine grade alloy, such as to be 100% percent recyclable, with an exceptionally long service life. The Swann is to be hydrogen powered with solar assistance.


All publications, books, comics and graphic novels in the John Storm Franchise, featuring the Elizabeth Swann, are to be Plastic Free. See Kids Against Plastic.






Chris Close with the SeaVax model sucking plastic from a test tank



SOLAR POWERED - The SeaVax ocean plastic cleaning drone, was designed to be solar powered, but the solar wings could not be made to work correctly, to track the sun and furl in storm conditions, using a simple servo or hydraulic ram actuator. The movement was woefully short of the 180 degrees of movement needed for effective operation. On the other hand, the plastic filtration system did work rather well, to prove the basic concept, though proof of concept at 1:20 scale did not include intelligent (selective) filtration to protect flora and fauna. That essential ingredient was not developed, being more rather more complicated and costly.  The Swann is mainly hydrogen powered, when it comes to fast, long range transits, with solar assistance. In developing the Elizabeth Swann, we will solve the solar tracking conundrum for SeaVax. Should fish become so toxic, that humans cannot safely consume seafood. At which point, funding for ocean cleaning might get a priority boost.





Thought to be the world's fastest hydrogen powered ship, the Elizabeth Swann is probably also the cleanest, in that no Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) is to be used in the construction.







In addition, single use plastic for disposable items such as toothbrushes, will be replaced with natural materials and single use packaging will be eliminated as far as possible, but where, if that is not (at the moment) possible for any reason, any plastic will be responsibly stored for recycling via pyrolysis, or other efficient method - after each cruise.








We've all seen scenes like this, giving rivers and estuaries a certain rustic charm. But in a modern world conscious of toxins and responsible recycling, abandoned boats should be disposed of more thoughtfully. Some ships like the Elizabeth Swann, have been designed from the outset to be clean in operation, and clean at the end of a long productive life.













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