Now it will be exciting off the Dutch coast: the young Dutchman Boyan slat has installed the first prototypes of a floating trash barrier in the North Sea. A year-long tests whether the invention is actually able to clean oceans from plastic waste.
One you can confirm definitely Boyan slat: since five years at the diving off Lesbos, more waste than sea animals were met the Dutchman, the idea of a cleansing technique bring plastic waste from the sea, has not released him.
Meanwhile, Boyan slat is 21 years, has collected several million euros of sponsorship money for his development of “The Ocean Cleanup”, and is supported by the Dutch Government.
Flow drives the garbage in the top of the barrier
A few days ago, the tech-savvy young man could now take the first prototypes of the garbage collection system developed by him in Scheveningen in the Hague in operation.
The 100-meter barrier in the North Sea, 23 km off the Dutch coast to be tested for a year.
There is not the task of the barrier to collect plastic waste first. Rather should show whether the floating prototype can withstand extreme weather conditions on the open sea with storms and waves. If the plant should indeed in the future be used for example in the so-called great Pacific garbage patch, of five sea drift flow vortices
Boyan slats underlying idea is simple
Instead of ships with giant nets across the sea plow and to collect the floating garbage at great expense so to speak by hand, drive how by itself into the plastic parts in slats invention. The system consists of a floating v-shaped barrier, in which the plastic waste is driven into by the flow and accumulates at the top.
The barrier is enshrined in several places, modular and could collect 100 km length ten years almost half of the waste in the great Pacific garbage patch, so estimates slat. At least 100 million plastic parts are to circulate in this garbage patch, and rising.
In the best case, the plastic waste is recycled
The barrier, consisting of thick rubber and polyester, can maintain a weight of up to 80 tons and captured plastic parts from a millimeter in size. Down is a small fabric train into the water through can dive under the sea animals so that they are not impeded on their way.
Barrier must not be supplied with energy, because the campaign does the natural flow in the water alone.
Collected waste also can be managed away, Boyan slat imagines, bringing the plastic parts on a sort of conveyor belt in a floating tower behind the barrier. In this intermediate store waiting for their collection, what follows in the best case the immediate recycling. Even the young inventor hopes that through the sale of recycled products at some point the plant itself could finance themselves.
Boyan slat is not the only one who gets angry about the waste in the sea.
The WWF has just presented a Harrow with the plastic nets are collected, are a death trap for fish. Also for the other plastic waste in the sea, there are waste management approaches.
Example, a catamaran that is to become the garbage builds a shipyard in Lübeck. And billionaire Jason Dyson wants to clean the oceans of the world with a giant vacuum cleaner.