British-built robotic fish to detect pollution off Spain

20th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The robotic fish, which will be able to identify the sources of pollution, are to be released into the sea off Spain in around 18 months’ time.

LONDON – A shoal of robotic fish which can detect pollution in the water are set to released into the sea off Spain, British scientists said Thursday.

The fish, which are some 1.5 metres long and resemble carp, will be fitted with detectors which can identify the sources of pollution, such as ship fuel or chemicals in the water.

Five of the robots, worth some GBP 20,000 (EUR 21,000) each, are being released into the Bay of Biscay at Gijon in northern Spain as part of a three-year joint project between engineering consultancy BMT Group and researchers at Essex University in southeast England.

The robots, which have an eight-hour battery and do not require remote control, are set to be released in around 18 months' time.

"The hope is that this will prevent potentially hazardous discharges at sea as the leak would undoubtedly get worse over time if not located," said Professor Huosheng Hu of Essex University, whose team is building the fish.

If successful, they hope the fish could be used around the world to prevent the spread of pollution.

AFP / Expatica

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