The Japanese company, which has always been committed to protecting the sea, has invented a device that ‘absorbs’ microplastics
It is time to test also in Italy for one of the small big revolutions announced in the nautical sector: Micro-Plastic Collector, an outboard device, invented by Suzuki that allows to collect the microplastic present in sea water. All by simply browsing. Launched on the market by Suzuki Motor Corporation, it is a system designed for lovers of the sea and ecology that can be installed inside the engine cooling system (remember: it uses sea water) without affecting performance. In Italy, the test started in Veneto, thanks to the collaboration of the Nautica Polesana dealership and Matteo Pancaldi, the owner of a Bsc inflatable boat from the Bsc Colzani shipyard, powered by a DF140A from the Japanese manufacturer.
Test on the sea
The enthusiast was delegated the task of using the outboard equipped with the Suzuki Micro-Plastic Collector for 100 hours, to understand ‘live’ also the ease of use of the system, the times and methods of filter changes, their cleaning. For the record, the possibility has already been announced for enthusiasts to try the new technology live, at the Genoa Motor Show: from 16 to 21 September, it will be ready in the Suzuki outdoor area, installed on a DF140BG that will power a Lomac Big Game 600.
How the Suzuki Micro-Plastic Collector works
Normally the outboard sucks and puts back into the sea the water used to cool the boiler. The protection grids that prevent pieces of wood or plastic from getting into the engine cannot stop – as sailors know – large quantities of microparticles. And this is where the Japanese manufacturer’s system comes into action. “The filtering and collection device selects the microplastic using the cooling water recirculation system and throws back into the sea water that is cleaner than the sucked one”, explain from Suzuki Italia.
Lots of clean water
It is currently difficult to determine exactly how much water a single outboard will filter during a season of use, but this is a surprising number of tons as the cooling system circulates several hundred liters per hour. To give an idea, just think that a DF140BG outboard – pushed to maximum speeds – uses about 40 liters of water per minute for its cooling. In an hour, thanks to the Suzuki Micro-Plastic Collector, the outboard therefore has the ability to filter 2,400 liters or 2.4 cubic meters of sea.
The support of social networks
The goal for the next few years is therefore to multiply the number of Micro-Plastic Collector devices in circulation in order to have more “sea-saving” boats. The collection of microplastics in the sea, moreover, is part of the company’s ten-year project, Suzuki Clean Ocean, which includes environmental campaigns to clean oceans, rivers and lakes, as well as the reduction of plastic packaging. In parallel to the marketing of the device for “anti-plastic” engine the group also launched the SuzukiCleanUp social communication campaign. Always born within the global Suzuki Clean Ocean project, the campaign is aimed at owners of a Suzuki outboard but is also intended for those who want to help clean up the beaches and the sea. Specifically, Suzuki Italia Marine will collect from Facebook the photos that users will take after collecting the garbage and then publish them in a social gallery. All photos will be identified thanks to the project’s hashtags: SuzukiCleanUp, SuzukiCleanTheSea and SuzukiCleanOceanProject.
July 24, 2021 (change July 24, 2021 | 09:32)
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