The Contraption That Will Clean Up The World’s Oceans Set To Deploy 2018

Posted by on December 30, 2017 in Eco-Friendly, Environment, Preparedness with 0 Comments
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By Alanna Ketler | Collective Evolution

 

Back in 2013, we reported on the story of 19-year-old Boyan Slat, who had developed a device with the capacity to remove 7,250,000 tonnes of plastic and garbage from the world’s oceans in just five years. Originally set to deploy in 2016, the device still had numerous rounds of testing to complete, but testing is finally done, and we can expect to see this device hit the Pacific early next year.

This device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that can be sent to garbage patches around the world. Instead of using boats and nets, the Ocean Cleanup uses long floating barriers that harness the natural movement and energy of the ocean itself. In this way, only the plastic itself will be focused on. The current will float under the booms, taking away all sea life and preventing by-catch. The plastic will collect in front of the floating barrier and then be filtered and stored for recycling.


“Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today. Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This deployment will enable us to study the system’s efficiency and durability over time.”

– Boyan Slat

 

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