About us

We are on a mission

Future is net positive

Where businesses give back to environment, society & economy more than it takes out

Future is innovation

Innovation is the only way to future proof humanity as a species

This is personal

We are on duty to restore our ocean

We are building the world's first zero emission autonomous cargo submarine fleet to restore our ocean

Our submarines run on hydrogen, collects microplastics and ocean health data while transporting cargo to decarbonise the transport sector.

The team

Dhruv Boruah
Founder & CEO
MBA/Engineer, ZeroTo1 Founder, IBM/Siemens, Award winning Ocean Campaigner & Sailor
Jonathan Pompa
VP - Engineering
AUV build/operations for Defense/Commercial/Science customers, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Carnegie Mellon University
Capt. Steve Bramley
Operations & Regulations
Retired Royal Navy, Aircraft/ Surface ship Command & Submarine Experience
Sanjay Sista
Commercial Strategist
Engineer/MBA, Former Bain & Company and Head of Strategy for technology, finance & data businesses
Suman Khatiwada PhD
Advisor - Strategy
Co-Founder & CTO at Syzygy Plasmonics, Hard-tech entrepreneur & material scientist
Rob Damus
Advisor - Submarine Systems
Co-founder & COO Hadal, AUV & Underwater Robotics build/operations for Defense/Science/Commercial customers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Ocean Engineering, MIT AUV Lab
Hans Thomas
Advisor - Submarine & Robotics
NASA - Deputy Lead,Autonomy & Robotics Area, Flight Software Engineer at KBR, 20+yr AUV Experience (MBARI), Carnegie Mellon University

Our journey

since the capsize in a (dirty) London canal

Aug 2017
The Story Begins

Our founder Dhruv Boruah capsizes in the canal in Paddington, London before starts his journey on bikes cleaning the rivers

The Project goes viral

The project reaches over 300m people worldwide

January 2018
Aug 2018
Paper on AUV

Led by Gabriele and Alex from MIT Media Lab, Dhruv co-authors a paper about autonomous underwater vehicles collecting plastic

Starts Incubator

to help startups help us reach our mission of removing 300m tons of carbon & plastic from economy

Jul 2019
Nov 2020
Submarine Idea

In a challenge, someone mentions submarines to cleanup ocean is not a good idea

First Submarine Designs

were created along with consultations about hydrogen/ ocean scientists

Jan 2021
Mar 2021
First Submarine Build

First prototype (Esmeralda/OW001) designed & built and exhibited using salvaged materials

UK Government Grant

Completed detailed engineering designs, BoM & cargo identification

Sep 2021
Oct 2021

Invited to exhibit our first prototype at COP26 in Glasgow

Cargo Type Focus

Identified industrial use case and partners

Apr 2022
Aug 2022
Second Submarine Build

Designed & built second prototype (Perl/OW004) for sea trials

First Sea Trials

Successfully  completed completed in the Atlantic Ocean in Florida

Feb 2023
We are building

Autonomous Submarines

to restore the ocean

Fuel Cells to power the submarine for 500kms
With manual controls to take over in case of emergency
For navigation, research and communications
3D printed Hull
Using sustainable materials
Microfibre Filter
Filters to capture and sample microplastics & microfibres
Positive Bouyancy
To eusure minimum ballast requirements and strong recovery

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