Boyan Slat is a 23-yr-old Dutch inventor and entrepreneur who began constructing engineering projects on the grounds that when he was 2 and absolutely impressed the world by securing a Guinness World Record on the age of 14 when launched 213 water rockets simultaneously. Now, Slat is aiming for a much bigger task — cleaning the ocean of plastic.
Back in 2011, at the same time as diving in Greece, Boyan noticed that there has been more plastic inside the water than fish. He decided to commit all his time to try to clean the ocean of plastic pollution, going as a way of dropping his research. Two years later he developed The Ocean Cleanup and hosted a TEDx talk to introduce his idea to use the natural water currents. He first set out to test the system in Japan, but later focused at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, putting an intention to smooth half of the plastic waste in 5 years.
The Ocean Cleanup develops technology that might help to clean the ocean of the plastic waste and after raising over $2.2 million, the agency launched a large study in 2014. They studied the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to prepare for the whole-scale deployment in 2020. Using the data obtained, they developed technology and decided to launch the first cleanup device in mid-2018.
Meet Boyan Slat, a 23-yr-old Dutch inventor, and entrepreneur who set the world record at the age of 14
Back in 2011, Slat was diving in Greece and saw that there has been more plastic in the ocean than fish
Due to this fact, Slat decided to dedicate his time to try to clean the ocean of plastic waste
In 2013 he invented The Ocean Cleanup and released an expedition to analyze the trouble
They focused at the Great Pacific garbage patch, accumulating samples with around 30 vessels
All the received waste was then transported to The Ocean Cleanup Project facility in the Netherlands
Where it was analyzed and sorted to assist broaden the ocean cleaning technology
Here’s what the studies determined
Using the research data, The Ocean Cleanup created a passive floating device that collects plastic
It makes use of the sea currents to do all the work because the device floats freely and collects waste
The anchor maintains the installation at the wanted degree and allows it to move slower than the plastic
The concentrated plastic can then be extracted and shipped to shore for recycling
Boyan Slat predicts that they’ll be able to clean half of the patch in 5 years
Watch the video below to find out more about the project