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A stationary system for continuous, energy-efficient collection of river waste

February 2021
Gallery HiveX 1
Gallery HiveX 1


8 million tons of plastic waste are discharged into the oceans every year, a large part of it via rivers. To tackle this challenge, HiveX, an innovative stationary platform system, redirects plastic waste with a passive internal architecture using the currents of the river and safely stores it. Thanks to its modular design, it operates at high efficiency in different rivers of the world. highly versatile, HiveX is a low-tech, low-budget but very robust solution which can be used in the majority of rivers in South East Asia or sub-Saharan Africa.

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Label Date February 17, 2021
From Germany
Maturity stage Prototype testing in the real world
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners

The environmental benefits

  • Efficient plastic collection at flow speeds of 2 m/s - Functional even with waves from passing ships
  • Prototype dimension: 5 x 6 m, weight:1,100 kg, storage volume: 6 m3 - modularly expandable, adaptable to local conditions
  • Plastic discharge efficiency under all conditions set at a minimum of 80% (80% of the plastic flowing into the platform is safely discharged)
  • Completely passive structure - designed so that fish can pass through it unhindered
  • Can safely store up to 5 tons of plastic per day - up to 1.825 tons per year

The Financial benefits

  • Up to $ 33.000 costs in damage per ton plastic per year
  • Price : up to 100.000 € per HiveX with 5 % maintenance costs per year, 20 years of lifetime, 200.000 € total costs per “HiveX”
  • 0 kWh electricity, 0 litres fuel per year needed to ensure collection of plastic

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We are dedicated to protect rivers and oceans from plastic waste by technological innovation and ecological inspiration.

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Headquarters 52070 Aix-la-Chapelle, Allemagne
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