23 September 2013

Cleanup Array concept aims to rid the oceans of plastic waste

Feasibility study to be published online by the end of the year

Boyan Slat, an aerospace engineering student at the Delft University of Technology, is working to combine environmentalism, technology, and his creative outlook to rid our oceans of plastic debris. His Ocean Cleanup Project aims to utilize the oceans’ natural gyres (five circular currents in the oceans around the world – two in the Atlantic, two in the Pacific, and one in the Indian) to collect plastic waste.

Plastic pollution in our oceans weighs in at millions of tons, costs millions of dollars annually, kills hundreds of thousands of aquatic animals, may aid the spread of algae and other invasive species, and acts as transportation for other pollutants such as PCB and DDT.

… Full text: www.gizmag.com/array-rid-oceans-plastic-waste/29154/

Tags: self-supporting, solar energy, recycling, feasibility study, Ocean Surface CURrent Simulator (OSCURS)

Source: gizmag, 2013-09-23.

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