We only have one world. 2014 was the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set in 2010. Worryingly there is more carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere today than at any point in the past 800,000 years. While every year between 8 - 13 million tons of plastic is dumped in the sea - that’s a rubbish truck every single minute of every single day – so by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. This plastic is killing marine-life and entering our food-chain.
Team Britannia are using a number of technologies that will make the record the greenest ever. We’re using recycled aluminium to build our vessel and using a unique hull design, which will cut fuel consumption by 30%, and our engines are running on a revolutionary emulsified diesel from British company Clean Fuel. The emulsified fuel cuts particulate matter and NOx and can be used in any diesel engine without modification.
During the record attempt our onboard laboratory will take water samples every hour, matching the samples to the specific location. Temperature and plastic content will be measured and beamed from the boat to an open source website to build a unique picture of the micro-plastics that are polluting our oceans.