NEWHAVEN HARBOUR - The busy port of Newhaven is home to a cross-channel ferry service from England to France. The river Ouse flows into the English Channel carrying with it plastic waste that is not visible to the human eye. All in not as it seems. Food for thought for the bio-engineer from Belgium. Copyright photograph 9 March 2019 all rights reserved. You will need the permission of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation to reproduce this picture.
Lolita D'Ortona is a Belgian student in the second year of her Masters Degree in bio engineering at the Université de Liège. For her final year thesis she will be undertaking robotic programming, hydraulic circuit design and stressing of a boom and mast that carries the turbine generators for a quarter scale development rig that will eventually be fitted to a coastal SeaVax vessel.
For development purposes the rig will be fitted to a Ford Transit van for land based testing.
LOLITA ON LINKEDIN
Student : Master degree in Environmental Sciences and Technologies - Bioengineering , Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Renewables & Environment
WELDER-FABRICATOR - This is the base frame of a test rig that Lolita is helping to build, in the process gaining some practical engineering experience as applied to ocean environmental science. Copyright photograph 11 April 2019 all rights reserved. You will need the permission of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation to reproduce this picture.
Lolita D'Ortona’s Activity
Pour la première fois, la Faculté Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (ULiège) publie un web-documentaire. Ce...
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WIND POWER - At the far end of Newhaven harbour walls, the wind was much stronger. Copyright © photograph March 2019 Cleaner Ocean Foundation.
ACROSS THE BAY - From the harbour end you can see in the distance the famous white cliffs at Seaford Head, most notable for Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft flying over during World War Two. Copyright photograph © 09-03-19 all rights reserved. Cleaner Ocean Foundation.
TEST RIG - This Ford Transit van is being used as a test rig to mount a wind turbine boom and solar panel wings as part of an experiment in 2019 that is being developed by Lolita D'Ortona as part of a final year Masters Degree thesis. Emily Hoad painted the yellow submarine and sea creatures on this vehicle in 2018.
BELGIUM - The Université de Liège where Lolita is studying. Belgium is home to the European Parliament, where at the moment ocean plastic pollution is a hot topic of debate,
Apart from her engineering skills, Lolita enjoys singing, hanging out with friends and visiting interesting cities in Europe, especially in Italy. She is also a mentor to new students.
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SERIOUS STUFF - We thought that Lolita was passionate about her work and that we were dedicated to lobbying against acid oceans and global warming, but then we heard about Greta Thunberg from Sweden. When she was 15 years old she seemed to know more about climate change than most of the United Nations delegates put together. That may not be fair on those hard working politicians, but Greta knows that we have to act now and stop just talking about acting. We are running out of time, of that we have no doubt that Greta and all the other school children out on strike have a point. Even with autism as a potential blocker, she gives a good account of herself. At 16, Greta roasted the elite @ Davos in January 2019. Greta is an inspiration to us all.
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