As part of a final project of their Master degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Sherbrooke, 12 students gave themselves the goal of :
Designing and manufacturing a prototype able to collect microplastic particles accumulated on Kamilo Beach in Hawaii.
The project took place in collaboration with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund. HWF has been doing cleanups on Kamilo beach for more than 20 years.
Prototype tested in Quebec and ready to be shipped to its final destination : Kamilo Beach in Hawaii.
At the end of their undergraduate program, three members of the initial team decided to pursue the school project and make it a business venture. Together they created Hoola One Technologies Inc. Their goal:
To develop new ways to restore ecosystems affected by plastic pollution.
The prototype arrived at its final destination. The team traveled to Hawaii to demonstrate the prototype in a real environment and to do the commissionning. The prototype was then donated to HWF and they are still using it to this day.
Visit of shorelines affected by plastic pollution (Hawaii, American and Canadian Westcoast)
From a first prototype to final and improved product. The design of the new machine was finalized in November 2020.
It is known as one of the worst spots in the world for marine debris accumulation.