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Achievements

In 2014 Our Oceans Challenge started the first round to share and enrich ideas towards cleaner and healthier oceans. Together with the OOC partners of the first round, 2 challenges were posted on the online acceleration platform. Nearly 463 participants, consisting of entrepreneurs, offshore experts and individual experts, contributed a total of 88 working concepts.

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Following an intensive selection and mentoring process, the 16 most promising concepts presented their business plans to potential investors at the final event. After this event, 5 concepts went forward as start-ups with validated business plans reaching from The Netherlands to Angola.

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

Biofouling

 

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.

Polymore

Polymore

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.

DuPont Sustainability Award

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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

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United Nations SDG Front Runner

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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:

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OUR OCEANS CHALLENGE 

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info@ouroceanschallenge.org

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