The Ocean Cleanup project’s Boyan Slat has revealed a notable design improvement and set a Pacific deployment target for the first half of 2018, a full two years ahead of schedule.
Young Dutch entrepreneur Boyan Slat founded his Ocean Cleanup projectwhen he was just 17 years old in an effort to help rid the world’s oceans of plastic debris. Now, just five years later, Slat has revealed a newly designed extraction process that he claims will be able to remove half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just five years.
The original vision of the company was to set up fixed long floating arms across the ocean’s surface that use the natural currents to collect up plastic debris. A pilot project set up in the North Sea last year resulted in the system failing within two-months of being set up. But the team learned valuable lessons from the in situ experiment and redesigned the system.
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