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Test Prototype Ocean CleanUp

Test Prototype Ocean CleanUp

During his diving holliday in Greece, he found more plastic bags than fish. Now he is 21 and CEO of a high-profile company whose mission is to clean up the incredible amount of plastic floating around in the oceans.

This Prototype developed to CleanUp the Oceans, can be a real game changer.

Since today, the first prototype of the ocean cleanup installation is ready to test.

It’s an invention of Boyan Slat, with which he wants to clean up the plastic debris in the oceans.

Instead of an installation of one hundred kilometers in length, this scale model is a one hundred meters long prototype which is posted for the Dutch coast in the North Sea.

Prototype with sensors and cameras

The floating barrier consists inflatable plastic components, which wiil be tested for one year. The question is if the plant is resistant to storms and high waves. The system has been equipped with sensors and cameras that will detect movement and the stress on the parts. The test in the North Sea, is not intended to clean up plastic.

“We do not know whether the prototype is resistant to the high waves of the North Sea,” Slat said at the presentation. “But even if it breaks, it will be a good test. Then we bring it in, strengthen it and bring it back to sea.”

Under the barrier, a screen of about 1.5 meters high is connected. This screen has to ‘catch’ the plastic waste. According to Slat, fish and other marine animals will not suffer. The ocean currents will ensures that animals continue their way underneath the screen.

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Plastic hero

The Dutch Administration called Slat ‘our plastic hero.’

“We need an whole army of Boyans.”

The Dutch ministry invested half a million euros to develop and test this prototype. Besides the Dutch government, the dredging company Boskalis and an anonymous investor invested half million.

Japan

This pilot will only test the barrier. During the trial in Japan, the next year, the plastic will be catched and removed from the sea and the processing of the plastic will be tested.

From student to CEO

Almost four years ago, Boyan Slat (at that time he was a student and 18 years old), he developed a revolutionary idea for clearing the huge amounts of plastic debris floating around in the oceans. During his diving holliday in Greece, he found more plastic bags than fish. Now he is 21 and CEO of a high-profile company whose mission is to clean up the incredible amount of plastic floating around in the oceans.

By 2020 we will cleanup the oceans, Slat says.

Let’s hope the critical test for the viability of it the plant, will be succesfull.

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