A team of researchers at the University of Essex has received European funds worth 2.5 million pounds to complete a project to construct a robotic fish shaped like Carp able to monitor the pollution from ports.
The professor Huosheng Hu said that the project will contribute to the identification of the chemicals and the harmful substances in water. He explained that the fish will be equipped with sensors that can identify and monitor the pollutants from the ports around Europe.
“In using robotic fish we are building on a design created by hundreds of millions of years’ worth of evolution which is incredibly energy efficient. This efficiency is something we need to ensure that our pollution detection sensors can navigate in the underwater environment for hours on end.”
“We will produce a system that allows the fish to search underwater, meaning that we will be able to analyze not only chemicals on the surface of the water but also those that are dissolved in the water,” explained Professor Hu.
Thanks to Wi-Fi technology, this robotic fish will be able to transmit the information to the port’s control center via a “charging hub” where the fish can charge their batteries. The fish will cost £20,000 and will measure 1.5 metres in length, being capable to swim at a maximum speed of about one meter per second.
Below you can see how this robotic fish moves: