Preparations for the Cleanup

On May 11, 2017, we announced our new and improved system design, allowing us to start the cleanup in 12 months’ time. We are currently preparing for the start of the cleanup by finalizing detailed engineering, making operational preparations, testing our design in controlled environments as well as in the ocean and producing system components.

Watch Boyan Slat explain the design change and the road towards the cleanup:  

How to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, May 11 2017

Several component tests are being performed, such as welding tests on the floater as well as fatigue -and antifouling tests on the screen.

In August and September, we deployed two test segments in the North Sea, to assess the endurance of our new system design. Read more about the new North Sea prototype tests here. 

Both North Sea test segments deployed, September 26

As of October 2017, we are moving into a procurement phase, where all components for the first cleanup system are being ordered and produced. In late 2017, we will open up an operational base in San Francisco. Early 2018, we will assemble our first system for trials in the Pacific, 200 nautical miles off the coast of San Francisco. During the cleanup trials, several tests will be performed to assess the system’s stability and behavior. Based on the results, the system will iteratively be improved until deployment in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (1000-1200 nm offshore) in May 2018.

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