A Wheel Powered by Renewable Energy Catches Trash in The Panama River.!

A Wheel Powered by Renewable Energy Catches Trash in The Panama River.!

Before it reaches the ocean, Panama’s Juan D’Az River is cleaned up by a wheel that collects debris. The wheel, known as Wanda D az, analyses garbage and provides information for public policy and education while being powered by hydraulic and solar energy, a camera system, and artificial intelligence.

The water wheel system was installed by Marea Verde, a nonprofit organization founded in 2017. It is the first of its kind in Latin America. The Juan Dáz River, one of Panama’s most polluted waterways, is where the wheel is situated. The Juan D. Az River, along with six other significant rivers in Panama, is responsible for transporting over 100,000 tonnes of trash into Panama Bay annually, according to project partner Clean Currents Coalition.

A Wheel Powered by Renewable Energy Catches Trash in The Panama River.!

Because of its location in Panama City, inadequate waste management, and substantial real estate development, the Juan Daz River is particularly susceptible to pollution.

“Cleaning beaches are excellent, but it’s more efficient and less expensive to trap waste in rivers because when it reaches the ocean, the environmental and financial costs rise too much,” project leader Robert Getman said.

The Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel initiatives in Baltimore, Maryland served as inspiration for the water wheel. It has a water wheel that rotates with the flow of the river, and solar panels provide backup power.

According to the Clean Currents Coalition, a floating boom spans the river to steer waste to the device, where it is pulled out of the water by the wheel-powered conveyor and dumped into a container for proper waste disposal. Prior to entering the container, recyclables will be manually separated from non-recyclables and transported by a transverse conveyor to an on-shore sorting facility.

According to Reuters, the Wanda D az gadget was set up in September and has since gathered over 22 1.3-cubic-meter bags of plastic bottles. The camera system on the gadget has also gathered pictures of the trash, evaluating and classifying the information for educational purposes and to affect waste management policy.

A Wheel Powered by Renewable Energy Catches Trash in The Panama River.!

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Despite its high levels of pollution, the Juan Daz River still contributes significantly to the mangrove ecology and connects to the biodiverse Panama Bay, where every year about 1,000 humpback whales arrive to nurse their calves.

Wanda Daz is merely one of Marea Verde’s garbage-collecting initiatives. The B.O.B Litter Trap, a floating barrier that caught rubbish drifting down the Mata Hernandez River, was the charity organization’s first initiative. Over 100 tonnes of garbage were prevented from entering the water by the device in just over a year. Plastic bottles and disposable foam containers made up more than 46.7% of the rubbish collected by B.O.B., according to the organization.

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According to Reuters, Sandy Watemberg, the organization’s director, said, “We want to raise awareness that we can stop the death of this very important river.” The group also anticipates that Wanda D. Az and related initiatives will persuade customers to use less single-use plastic.

Adam Bertocci

Adam has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. He lived with computers all his life and he works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. Ryan has been working with Enviro 360 now. He likes to swim and play video games as his hobby.

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