START PACIFIC CLEANUP
After necessary refinements of our design, guided by conducting a series of tests on-shore and offshore, we will deploy our first cleanup system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Our first cleanup system will represent our most important milestone to date and is the culmination of years of preparation. Once operational, it will become the first time vast amounts of plastic will be extracted from the ocean. By then we will have proven our technology concept, opening the gates for the large-scale rollout.
These are the major steps to be taken on the road to the cleanup:
1. Tow test (Q2)
A 120-meter segment will be towed approximately 50 nautical miles offshore of San Francisco to a designated test pattern. A vessel will tow the unit in a multitude of directions to test the hydrodynamic behavior of the system. For more details, read our update.
2. Pacific Trials (Q3)
On September 8, we will launch System 001 from San Francisco, out to the Pacific. The 600-meter system will be towed approximately 240 nautical miles off the coast for a final test and rehearsal before towed to the patch. The Pacific trials are expected to last about 2 weeks. This is when the system will be launched in its operational configuration for the first time. To find out more about the schedule of the day of the launch, please visit our System 001 page.
3. Launch to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Q3/Q4)
After the trials, System 001 will be towed out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, approximately 1200 nautical miles offshore, where it will be launched in operational configuration and start the cleanup.
Preparation for large scale-roll out
The first cleanup system will be monitored extensively, and all lessons learned will be applied to the subsequent systems. The plan is to reach the full fleet of 60 systems by 2020, with the help of corporate sponsoring. Our aim is to remove 50 % of the plastic waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years' time from full-scale deployment.
Corporations are already welcome to express their interest in being part of the largest cleanup in history. Does your company want to be part of the largest cleanup in history? Please contact us to discuss a potential collaboration opportunity.