Achievements - Our Oceans Challenge
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DuPont Sustainability Award


Our Oceans Challenge has been selected as winner of the DuPont Sustainability Award for the EMEA region in 2015, as recognition of its acceleration program. We established a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, offshore experts, scientists and individuals who shared and enriched a total of 88 concepts. Participants developed successful business proposals which included solutions to remove and recycle plastic from the oceans.

Offshore Energy Public Outreach Award Nominee

Our Oceans Challenge has been selected as one of the three nominees for the Public Outreach Award 2016 by Offshore Energy. We are very proud that we reached this based on our first cycle and are curious how much further we can reach out to the public in the current cycle!

More information can be found on the website of Offshore Energy


United Nations SDG Front Runner


Our Oceans Challenge is acknowledged as front runner of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Number 14: “To conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. Find out more about our common goals on:


2014 / 2015  SOLUTIONS

Slow Mill

Slow Mill

Wave Energy Harvesting


When waves hit an assembly of conical blades a winch is activated, powering a generator. After the waves fall back the assembly rolls back to its starting position and the cycle is repeated. At the moment of OOC round one, a scale model was operating in the North Sea.

Protecting with Nature

Protecting with Nature



The use of macro-fouling fauna as a coating barrier, to protect any target metal from its corrosive environment. In addition, the use of mussels will increase the organic content in the sediment around the object, creating a sharp redox gradient to be used for cathodic protection.



Recycling of Ocean Plastic


Facilitating the plastic recycling process in developing countries. Local entrepreneurs are stimulated to collect (free) plastics from beaches, houses or landfills, to recycle into a wide range of plastic products. These products can be sold by the entrepreneur itself or exported abroad. Currently finalizing their recycling tool.

Floating Cathedral

Floating Cathedral

Energy Generation


A continuous method of harvesting energy from waves, combined with energy storage. Moving pontoons pump up water to a reservoir, from which the water flows down and continuously feeds turbines, in total generating approximately 50MW.




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