Milestones & Goals
First Prize Plastic Free Rivers Marathon • July 2016
After a 3-month trial, The Great Bubble Barrier won the first prize at the Plastic Free Rivers Makathon of PWN and Rijkswaterstaat. By winning first prize, we can perform a pilot in the IJssel river.
Pilot Deltares • May 2017
In collaboration with Deltares we have been able to test many aspects of the Bubble Barrier and different situations. Both with a CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) model as in the Oosterscheldegoot. Here we have been performing various measurements for four weeks, to make the pilot on the IJssel river run as smoothly as possible.
Public prize & second jury prize Our Oceans Challenge • June 2017
The Our Oceans Challenge is an initiative from the maritime industry to reward sustainable initiatives. The Great Bubble Barrier was awarded with the second prize and the public award, which we are very happy with!
Accepted to Climate KIC stage 1 • September 2017
We have been accepted to the accelerator program of the European Union. Every two weeks we were coached to give us the fundamentals for coming years. Climate KIC gives us knowledge, resources, tools and coaching cleantech start-ups need for succes.
Plastic Soup Terrine • October 2017
The Plastic Soup Foundation has given us the honour of the Plastic Soup Terrine.
Pilot IJssel • November 2017
Last November we have executed our first full scale pilot in the IJssel, one of the fastest flowing rivers in the Netherlands. We could test the barrier in various winter weathers.
Successful crowdfunding for a permanent Bubble Barrier • January 2018 - May 2018
We started a crowdfunding campaign to fund our first permanent Bubble Barrier. We raised 55.584 euro thanks to 1240 supporters who believe in our mission and made our crowdfunding a success!
Accepted to Climate KIC stage 2 • January 2018 - May 2018
We have been accepted to the second part of the accelerator program of the European Union. Every two weeks we will be coached to validate our business assumptions. Climate KIC gives us knowledge, resources, tools and coaching cleantech start-ups need for succes.
Team • 2018
We are looking for partners to make our supply chain complete. Additionally, our team continues to grow, as we work with young talented professionals and experienced advisors, to show our solution to different municipalities and ports interested in implementation in 2018.
A Bubble Barrier in the city • Summer 2019
Research has shown that densely populated urban areas are causing pollution of our precious waters. Additionally, big cities usually know how to party. In the Netherlands we have events like Nijmegen’s Vierdaagsfeesten (Four-Day Festivals), Leiden’s ontzet (October Festival), or Amsterdam’s Canal Parade. These events have a huge toll on our Dutch canals and plastic pollution is only one of the effects. Our goal is to place Bubble Barriers in all major Dutch cities so that we always have clean canals and no plastic will flow into the North Sea.
Going international • 2021
8 of the 10 most polluted rivers in the world, are located in Asia. We want to bring The Great Bubble Barrier to Asia as soon as possible. The first steps, and contacts have been made.
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