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Dutch inventor Boyan Slat and his team of over 70 engineers, researchers, scientists and computational modelers see the launch of The Ocean Clean-up Project today (8th September 2018). Located between California and Hawaii, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is the largest accumulation of plastic debris of our world’s five major oceanic gyres. Stat intends to clean-up this global problem with his wind and wave powered invention.
The system has been designed to herd together surface debris utilising a 600 metre floating structure with a 3 metre deep impenetrable skirt. An independent Environmental Impact Assessment has shown that the design is considered safe for marine life. As the apparatus travels at very slow speeds, the water current shall flow under the skirt guiding any organisms with it while floating debris congregates. The material has been designed to negate the possibility of marine life entanglement and all waste removal shall be mitigated.
Modelling has shown a full scale clean-up fleet of approximately 60 systems could theoretically clean the GPGP of 50% of plastics in 5 years. Alongside source reduction, it is envisaged the oceans could be 90% plastic free by 2040.
We wish the team much success and look forward to tracking their progress.
For more info: https://www.theoceancleanup.com
For video demo: https://youtu.be/O1EAeNdTFHU