New Technology Provides Robotic Water Cleanup

BY Pauline Thévenot

The French startup IADYS designs, develops and delivers Artificial Intelligence & Robotic innovations serving the environment. Its robotized products, the Jellyfishbot and the Mobile Oil Skimmer, collect floating waste and oil from the water’s surface, protect biodiversity and guarantee users safe work.


Roughly 250,000 tons of plastic pellets discharged into aquatic environments every year, the equivalent of 60 billion plastic bottles. Also, 2.3 million tons of oil are discharged into the oceans every year.

Created in 2016 by Dr. Nicolas Carlési, the company is located in the South of France, on the Mediterranean coast near Marseille. Ever since the first Jellyfishbot was sold in 2018, more than 100 robots have been deployed worldwide. In June 2021, IADYS closed its first fundraising round (1.57 M€) to speed up its development, especially in the U.S. market.

Since then, most of the U.S.-based sales have been in Texas. The sales team has embarked on a series of exhibition shows & demo tours, diligently crisscrossing the country from west to east coast to further awareness and increase sales.

Last December, after attending the Clean Gulf Conference in San Antonio, the team was in Florida for several meetings with marinas and local authorities. The Jellyfishbot Expert has been introduced to Miami Bill Bird Marina, Polk County, Lake Park, St. Petersburg Marina, Pinellas County, and Coral Gables.

The products have several features:

  • Autonomous, robust and easy to use, the Jellyfishbot is a versatile solution for all types of profiles: industrial and petrochemical sites, anti-pollution, ports, waterways, marinas, shipyards & commercial, lakes, leisure and sports centers, hotels, golf courses, universities, and scientists
  • The Mobile Oil Skimmer is designed for the pollution control sector. It enables oil to be collected without the use of consumables – reducing operating costs – and to intervene in narrow, shallow-draft areas, such as riverbanks. In addition to its great mobility, its main asset is its autonomy: it is completely free standing, with no need for attachments

The size and maneuverability of the IADYS products allow them to access and clean the hard-to-reach areas from macro-waste, cyanobacterial blooms, plastic pellets and oil, in total safety, autonomously or remotely operated. Equipped with sensors, they also can perform geolocated water quality measurement and real-time water depth measurement (bathymetric surveys up to 20m).

The IADYS team will be touring shows throughout the United States this year, including the French Tech Capital Days in Miami in April. Pauline Thévenot is Communications Manager at IADYS