The Delft Aviation - Aerospace Engineering student Boyan Slat (19) has developed a concept that the 7.25 million tons of plastic waste can be disposed of in the world’s oceans.
Update: Boyan has been with a group of students, engineers, oceanographers and industry experts a crowdfunding campaign launched an investigation into the feasibility and viability of this project.
The concept consists of an embedded network of floating platforms and collect arms that are all over the world. Plotted Instead of moving the ocean, the system makes use of the surface currents in order to make it float. The plastic through the floating arms, which act as a huge funnel, to collect platforms In the collecting stations the plastic is separated from plankton, filtered, and stored to be subsequently recycled.
Boyan Slat started at the University a project the size and amount of plastic particles floating in the ocean dumpsites analyzed. His thesis won several awards, including Best Technical Design in 2012at the TU Delft .
Boyan continued to develop his concept and then founded The Ocean Cleanup Foundation , a non-profit organization that will be responsible for the development of its proposed technologies responsible. His ingenious solution is by cleaning up the oceans are a blessing for the environment, every year hundreds of thousands of marine animals can save, and environmental pollutants, such as PCBs and DDT, which pose a threat to the food chain, can reduce dramatically.
Cleaning up the oceans will take at least five years, and the process will make people of floating plastic rubbish dumps aware. “Because the waste is spread over millions of square kilometers of the immense problem is not easily visible to the people. However, by placing these systems, the plastic soup accumulate along the arms and the floating garbage dumps in the oceans clearly visible, “said Boyan Slat. However, he suggests a qualification that a cleaning operation is only half the battle, and it will have to go hand in hand with “substantial prevention in the field of plastic pollution in order to be successful.”