The Ocean Cleanup

There are five “hotspots” in the oceans where all kinds of plastics have collected. All unbreakable stuff that floats on the sea and wind currents and that has accumulated in a number of places. Of those five places, “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is the largest. Here about 1/3 of all ocean plastic floats.

A young Dutch student from the Delft University has now come up with a solution to clean up (all) this plastic.

Bojan Slat designed in 2012 (at the age of 17) a floating installation of long floating arms that are placed in strategic places in the sea in the shape of a V. The plastic catches the current, after which it is stored and collected by a tanker.

With this design he won the prize for Best Technical Design at Delft University of Technology.

Slat founded The Ocean Cleanup in 2013, a foundation to further develop and ultimately implement the idea.

The first installation went on the ocean at the end of October 2018 and was explained in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Because the installation did not absorb enough plastic, the system was brought ashore and improved. The new Oceancleanup installation System 001 / B took to the sea in September 2019 and now appears to be successful!

The progress of “The Ocean cleanup” can be followed on the twitter account >>

 

 

 

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