20 year old Boyan Slat has announced the launch of “The Ocean Cleanup” which will deploy in 2016. The 2000 meter wide device will deploy off the coast of Tsushima Island(Located in between Japan and South Korea) to target the renowned Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also referred to as the Pacific Trash Vortex.
Although the first deployment will span 2 years before returning to the Tsushima coast, It is estimated that after 10 years of operation this device will have cleaned half of the waste which lies in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Not only is this the first ever passive ocean cleaning device but also the largest ever floating device to date.
Complementing this project the organization is also working with Tsushima Island to investigate whether the collected waste could be used as an alternative energy source.
Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup: “Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today. Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This deployment will enable us to study the system’s efficiency and durability over time.
To read more about this project check out their website “The Ocean Cleanup”.