ARTEMIS

Aquatic Remote Technology Environmental Mitigation (and) Intercept System”

We first introduced ARTEMIS with a post on our website here written by Archit, ARTEMIS’ technical owner on behalf of the Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust (DSCT). Following ARTEMIS on Twitter: @artemisboat

The Concept

Back in 2019, the Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust (DSCT) started construction of the Derby Riverboat project (now known as “Outram“), an all-electric narrowboat. Outram has now completed construction and outfitting in March 2021, and is waiting transfer onto the River Derwent. It was realised that the Trust could use this opportunity to develop a project that can help in spreading awareness about water pollution caused by micro/macro plastics from our local rivers; and that’s how the idea of ARTEMIS was born!

ARTEMIS is a radio controlled boat and is entrusted to execute its vision of Cleaner Rivers – Now & Forever. The aim of this project is two fold:

  • A “Made in the UK”, radio controlled boat that can be deployed to collect micro & macro plastics from local water bodies.
  • To become a coveted STEM program that can demonstrate the role Science & Technology can play in fighting water pollution.

The project was originally developed by Michael Wingfield, who is both a Trustee with the DSCT and a Measurement Technologist at Rolls-Royce in Derby. He led the challenge with a team of 4 graduate manufacturing engineers at Rolls-Royce to design, manufacture and test a prototype of a radio-controlled boat that can filter micro & macro plastics from freshwater river ecosystems; in particular the river Derwent in Derbyshire. Archit Sharma (A Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce) has now taken over responsibility of the prototype vehicles and its further development.

The Design

The boat was designed to consist of adjoined dual hulls made from non-degradable plastic, with both a plastic collection system employed on-board. Micro & macro plastics will be collected from the water’s surface using the space between the hull sections as a “mouth” and a collection guard, to stop floating plastic escaping. The boat is intended to be stored and launched into the River Derwent whilst aboard Outram – with the boat being radio controlled by our volunteers and potentially those aboard the vessels.

The original design has been revised to improve robustness. Keeping the previous dual hull system in mind, it now has swimming floats to create the hulls and secured them using acrylic sheets. The Hulls were secured using square tubing that will also allow the water to pass through and filter any micro-macro plastic using an appropriate sieving mechanism. The vessel is radio controlled, and the Dave Fillingham, a retired Rolls-Royce employee, has supported the development of the vessel’s control system.

ARTEMIS has undergone some basic “sea trials” and is so far behaving itself and providing proof of concept. Further development work is underway and future content will be added here when available. Please enjoy the gallery images below, and the teaser video to the right. There will be more!

If you’re interested in the ARTEMIS project and want to get involved, please email riverprojects@derbycanal.co.uk.