CDV2 Aquadrone is an innovative aquatic waste collector, or cleaning drone, that uses unmanned autonomous surface vehicles to remove plastics and other floating wastes from waterfront areas and waterways for cities, municipalities, waterfront developers, yacht clubs, marinas, and resorts. CDV2 is a second-generation all-electric and autonomous catamaran equipped with a unique conveyor belt loader, a collection unit with greater capacity (3 m3), and a unique system for self-emptying in a closed stationary waste pool. It is the first to use computer vision to avoid obstacles and waterborne vehicles, incorporating add-on features for mapping the seabed and collecting environmental data. Designed to work at the smartest place to avoid waste dispersion into the open sea through the marine currents and waves —the river mouth— it prevents marine pollution and environmental impact. Further applications include collecting algae and medusa, protecting touristic activities, and as a fuel-collector at sea.
CDV2 brings breakthrough technology that provides value for public and private stakeholders responsible for economic activities and related waterfront quality, for which there is currently a maze of inefficient stopgaps. CDV2’s core technology is the autonomous management system, IoT connection, and vision, which have been adapted and optimized by CSS from previous prototypes for waste collection jetties and aqua-drones. Furthermore, the CDV2 includes a larger size and cleaning capacity with enhanced autonomous features. The CDV1 is currently in pilot in Oslo and others are planned. CSS has signed contracts for the Aquapod jetty in Norway, Monaco, Denmark, UAE, and Croatia. We are experiencing great interest in a scaled autonomous solution such as the CDV2. Both in connection with measures of the undertaking of the problem of Sargassum hampering touristic activities and fishery in the Gulf of Mexico and to solve the serious problems with marine plastic waste going astray.