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.

In its final version, SILVER 2 will have an underwater collection station and a filtering system for analysing the seabed and collecting the plastics. The complete SILVER+ system will be able to analyse and monitor the presence of plastics in the seabed and will be the first micro-plastic robotic monitoring system in the Mediterranean basin. The monitoring phase will be followed by a clean-up campaign.