David derrothschild is a descendant of the Rothschild bank family in the United Kingdom. He is also a famous explorer and environmentalist. The 31 year old "diamond king" will lead a team of explorers and scientists across the Pacific Ocean next month or early next year. Compared with their voyage, what attracts more attention is the yacht "Plastiki" they will take. News universal testing machine, one-way pulsating fatigue testing machine, impact testing machine, etc. because this yacht is made of more than 10000 waste plastic bottles
the purpose of this voyage by derrothschild and others is to publicize the concept of environmental protection
"plastich" is a catamaran, about 18 3 meters. The same as the meaning of the ship name, the hull frame is not made of traditional glass fiber, but a new type of plastic called "self Reinforced PET", which is easier to recycle than ordinary plastic
１. 250000 two liter old plastic drink bottles filled with dry ice are neatly stacked on both sides of the hull skeleton to ensure its buoyancy and strength at the same time. These plastic bottles are not fixed by nails or bolts, but are "welded" together by heating
other equipment on the "plastich" yacht is also environmentally friendly. The boat is equipped with solar panels; Compost toilets provide fertilizer for soilless cultivation nurseries; The nursery provides food for the crew of the boat; The two exercise bikes are not only used to exercise, but also provide power for the communication devices on the boat
the yacht took 3 years from design to completion, during which difficulties continued
"few people can build a boat out of recycled plastic and drink bottles," derrothschild said in a previous interview with ABC. "This is an exciting challenge."
call for environmental protection
"prastich" is currently docked at pier 31 in San Francisco, USA. According to the plan, it will cross the Golden Gate Bridge, cross the Pacific Ocean, and go all the way south to Sydney Harbor, Australia. The whole journey is about 1 80000 km
the route will cross a place called "the Great Pacific Garbage belt". Due to ocean currents, most of the world's plastic waste is collected in five "marine garbage belts", one of which is the "Great Pacific Garbage belt"
"we need to make the public aware of how they are using plastics," the Daily Mail reported on the 18th, citing derrothschild, who is building a mining and beneficiation project with an annual capacity of 1.2 million tons
the trans ocean ecological journey of "plastich" will be updated synchronously on. At the same time, the National Geographic store in London has set up a "command center". The public can communicate with the crew through cameras there. At the end of the voyage, the "plastich" will be decomposed and recycled locally in Sydney. "We are not here to publicize this high-tech boat, but to inspire people's support for environmental protection with new materials," said derrothschild
share weal and woe
just like all previous human exploration journeys, the risk of this voyage is not small. The relentless sea water and changeable weather will be a test for the plastic hull and crew
derrothschild himself was not sure whether the prastich could withstand the storms in the Pacific Ocean
"of course I'm scared too, but I feel more excited than scared," he said
6 crew members will sail at sea for about 4 months, but the food on board is only enough for three weeks. Except that some islands along the route can provide them with supplies, they need to fish and collect rainwater by themselves in most cases
"we must be self-sufficient to some extent," said derrothschild. "If we reduce the use of composite materials, we will be isolated in the vast sea."
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