The Great Bubble Barrier

The plastic soup in the oceans grows with 8 billion kilo’s every day, and the majority of this plastic comes from land. We want to stop the plastic in the Amsterdam canals from flowing into the North Sea. The Great Bubble Barrier blocks plastic in rivers and canals while allowing passage for ships and fish.

The Great Bubble Barrier is a bubble curtain that is diagonally placed in the canal and guides plastic to the side using the existing current, where we remove it. This year we successfully piloted a Bubble Barrier in the lab and river IJssel with Rijkswaterstaat, Deltares and BAM/vdHerik.

Francis Zoet
Anne Marieke Eveleens
Saskia Studer
Philip Ehrhorn