A 19 year old Boyan Slat has unveiled last Tuesday, March 26, 2013, his plans in creating an Ocean Clean up Array that could remove an estimated 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the oceans around the world. The device the young boy plans to use consists of an anchored network of floating booms and a processing platforms. This device could be dispatched to the garbage patches all over the world. So instead of moving through the ocean, this array would just span the radius of a garbage patch which would be acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force the plastic and would be directed to the direction of the platforms. This is where it would be separated from the plankton, it will be then filtered and stored for the recycling.
At his school, Boyan Slat has launched a project that would be analysing the size and the amount of the plastic particles in the garbage patches in the ocean. This boy’s final paper went on and won a lot of prizes which includes the Best Technical Design 2012 at the Delft University of Technology. The 19 year old Boyan Slat has continued to develop his concept during the entire summer of 2012. After some further studies about his project, he revealed it after a few months at the TEDxDelft 2012. Boyan Slat went on and he was able to find The Ocean Clean Up Foundation. This foundation is a non-profit organization which is the one responsible for developing his proposed technologies. His genius solution could be able to potentially save hundreds and thousands of the aquatic animals every year. This project if implemented right can also reduce the pollutants which includes PCB and DDT from building up into a food chain. Additionally, the project can also save millions of budget and costs like clean-up costs, damages to the marine vessels and lost tourism every year.
Boyan Slat’s Insights About The Project
As the project is being implemented, it is estimated that the clean-up of the whole ocean around the world would take for about 5 years. It is also expected that this project can greatly affect and increase the awareness of the people about the world’s plastic garbage patches. On Boyan Slat’s website, he stated that one of the problems in preventive work is that there is no any imagery of these garbage patches. It is because the debris is being dispersed over a millions of square kilometres. However, by placing the arrays, it will be able to accumulate along the booms and this will make it possible to visualize the actual oceanic garbage patches. Boyan Slat also added that the importance of the reduction of the consumption of the plastic packaging and the recycling should be stressed out in order to make it clear to the people how big this little change can help the environment.
The Progress In Boyan Slat’s Project
As of the moment, Boyan Slat are searching for some people who can help him perform a more extensive study regarding the matter. This further study will focus on the fields of economics, maritime law, oceanography, engineering, and a lot more. And currently he is looking for a some experts like a process engineers, a fluid dynamics modellers, a maritime structure engineer, plankton biologists, a MATLAB user, and a lot more experts in the related field in order to make the project successful and be implemented as soon as possible.