For over 60 years the sea has been our focus of love, passion and respect. Every day we strive to protect its natural resources, safeguarding them and controlling their proper exploitation.
So we have created the Blue Resolution project in collaboration with the Institutes of Biorobotics and Management of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – a university in Pisa – with the aim of identifying and proposing innovative solutions for defending the marine environment from plastics, offering a real, concrete response to their elimination.
Our partnership with Scuola Sant’Anna will last three years and will address three key areas:
- 1. Safeguarding and protecting our seas using innovative technological solutions;
- 2. Sharing information, awareness and collaboration with all stakeholders, in order to improve behaviours and respect towards the environment and its natural resources;
- 3. Reducing consumption and use of plastic in our production system, to lower our environmental impact and favour collective wellbeing.
Finding an innovative technological solution
The Blue Resolution project involves creating a robot that can explore the seabed, take samples of materials, collect and dispose of plastic.
For the first time in Italian seas, scientific methods will be used to evaluate the presence of micro and macro plastics in the sediment and the appropriate technological tools for their disposal.
SILVER 2 (Seabed-Interaction Legged Vehicle for Exploration and Research) is the heart of the Blue Resolution project: an innovative robot – developed by Dr. Marcello Calisti of the Biorobotics Institute at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa - able to analyse the seabed and clear away micro and macro plastics. Equipped with sensors for recognising the surrounding environment and detecting its orientation, it will have a robotic arm that can interact with the environment and the materials in it (for sampling and collection). SILVER 2 will be controlled by an operator on the surface and a buoy will guarantee GPS connection for positioning, communication and visual real-time feedback.