Protei

"Protei" is a fleet of sailing drones, developed primarily to collect oil spills.

Protei

Protei, version 003 (2010) (source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldworldworld/4917797348/)

Protei is developed primarily to collect oil spills under Open Hardware licensing by Open_Sailing, randomwalks,  V2_ and Amorphica. Everyone is welcome to join, contribute, modify, produce, distribute the design and share their findings. V2_ is an official partner, till the summer of 2011 the team is working in collaboration with V2_lab on the realization of the first working prototype.

Protei is part of the Open Sailing project and is initiated by Cesar Harada. The first part of the project is financed through crowd funding on Kickstarter.com

Vision
Protei as a fleet of pollution collecting sailing drones, is using existing technologies in an innovative design we can implement on the short term to address the crisis. We are developing a low-cost open-source oil collecting device that semi-autonomously sails upwind, intercepting oil sheens going downwind. The design of protei is meant to be hurricane-ready, self-righting, inflatable, unbreakable, cheap and easy to manufacture for immediate response. The machine we are developing now is Protei_Oil_Spill for collecting spilled oil at sea, but being an open source project, other versions may be designed in the future for other purposes : Protei for the North Pacific Plastic garbage patch, heavy metals in coastal areas, toxic substances in urbanized waterways...

Current oil spill skimming technology could only collect 3% of the DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The health of workers was exposed to cancerous toxic, the boats were expensive and pollutive to operate, they could not operate in bad weather (hurricane seaon) they could not operate at night or far away.

Protei_006 Collaboration Design Process (2011) from V2_ on Vimeo.

 

  Protei is a technology currently in development that will provide
- Unmanned, no human exposed to toxic.
- Green and cheap, sailing upwind capturing oil downwind.
- Self-righting, rugged, can operate in hurricane time.
- Semi-autonomous : can swarm continuously and far away. 

The research process is iterative and collaborative, version after version we are improving the design and the functionality:
- Test-000 : Preliminary test
- Protei-001 : front steering, RC
- Protei-002 : articulated sailboat, RC
- Protei-003 : articulated inflated sailboat
- Protei-004 : swarm for display
- Protei-005 : on-board control, with Arduino
- Protei-006 : contribute

The word protei comes from Proteus Anguinus which is the scientific name of an Olm, a very long white salamander living in complete darkness, blind but with an acutely developed sense of smell and hearing. Protei is the plural for Proteus, the greek god son and herdsman of Poseidon the god of the sea. God Proteus was known for his "capability of assuming many forms", "mutable". "Protean" has positive connotations of flexibility, versatility and adaptability.

Text adapted from: http://protei.org


Press

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/20/tech/motherboard-sailing-drone/index.html

Document Actions
Mailinglist: Subscribe to the English or Dutch version.

Follow usfacebook_16.png twitter_16.png youtube_16.png Favicon Vimeo googleplus
Related Items
Help us to Kickstart Protei Help us to Kickstart Protei

V2_ supports Protei, the Open-Hardware-Oil-Spill-Cleaning-Sailing-Robot. You can back this project ...

Protei Exhibition Sep 09, 2011

This summer, V2_ hosted an international team of designers and engineers on the development of ...

Protei Presentation at MARIN Protei Presentation at MARIN

On Friday January 20th Piem Wirtz and Alvaro Takiuti presented Protei at the Natural Propulsion ...

Protei Press Conference Sep 02, 2011 05:00 PM

V2_ and the Protei team invite you to come to the press preview and presentation of Protei, an ...

Oil Compass

"Oil Compass" (2011) is an interactive data visualization tool developed by Kasia Molga (UK), ...

Unveiling Protei_006 Unveiling Protei_006

Protei_006, the first full-scale prototype sailing robot that could clean oil spills in the ocean ...

Counting down.. Counting down..

One week before presenting Protei 006 to the world..

Protei on the River Maas Protei on the River Maas

In preparation for his residency, Cesar Harada visited V2_Lab last week. Together with Etienne ...

Testing Protei 005.6 on the water Testing Protei 005.6 on the water

On Saturday July 23rd and almost six weeks before the unveiling of Protei +006 during the World ...

Open Sailing

"Open Sailing" (2009-) are a variety of open-source technologies to explore and study the oceans.

Protei Team Introduction Protei Team Introduction

We are very proud to introduce the team of engineers, designers and collaborators who will work on ...

Protei Wins 3rd Prize in VIDA 13.2 Competition Protei Wins 3rd Prize in VIDA 13.2 Competition

Protei has won third place in the Vida 13.2 Art & Artificial Life International Competition. The ...

… and yes, they can float! … and yes, they can float!

While trying to make a revolution in the streets of The Hague to save the arts in the Netherlands, ...

Jahshaka

Jahshaka is a video and film compositing, editing and special fx system developed by Jah Shaka.

surface 02, HeHe.org: Pollstream Sep 10, 2005 04:00 PM

HeHe.org (alias Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen) will demonstrate their ongoing research project ...

Honorary Mention for Protei at Ars Electronica 2012 Honorary Mention for Protei at Ars Electronica 2012

Protei, the project by Open Sailing, co-developed at V2_, received an Honorary Mention from 2012 ...

more ...
 
Personal tools
Log in