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Solar SeaCleaner

Electric boat powered by solar energy to remove floating garbage in port and bathing areas

May 2020
Gallery Solar SeaCleaner 1
Gallery Solar SeaCleaner 1


Designed to be a clean, cleaning boat, Solar SeaCleaner collects floating waste such as plastics, polystyrene, algae and wood and stores it on board in a dedicated container, while navigating.

To meet the challenge of water pollution, this solution provides solar electric boats for passenger transportation able to collects floating garbage. Extremely simple to use, the cleaning engine is integrated within the hull and not below, allowing the boat to be very close to the shore and to even dock directly on the beach. In addition, this integrated approach allows to reduce the risk of contact with the propeller, which is fundamental in swimming areas. The Solar SeaCleaner solution requires little maintenance and no fossil fuels while being able to sail for hours. The boats are equipped with a collecting basket that can be lowered into the water and, once filled up with garbage, mechanically operated to lift its content into a central collection point, which can gather up to 250 kg of trash. Built as a catamaran, the Solar SeaCleaner is especially suitable for marinas, ports, touristic areas or even bathing areas thanks to their silence as well as their manoeuvrability.

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Label Date May 15, 2020
From Switzerland
Maturity stage Initial market commercialization
Looking For Visibility; looking for early adopters such as public utilities, harbour, communal cleaning services and distributors

The environmental benefits

  • This could save up to 57 million litres of fuel per year
  • Onboard batteries can be fully recycled ( life span : 3-6 years)

The Financial benefits

  • Savings can reach up to 5280 / 6600 USD / year per boat compared to a conventional fuel boat

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Grove Boats SA

Grove Boats is Swiss based leading manufacturer of solar powered boats and electric boats, with a strong track record !

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Headquarters 1462 Yvonand, Switzerland

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As an expert for the innovation scene in energy and environmental technologies, CleantechAlps (Sion, Switzerland) is a hub for the cleantech ecosystem, connecting its stakeholders with relevant partners.

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