Updates

Team, Research

Dr. Richard Spinrad Joins The Ocean Cleanup’s Scientific Advisory Board

The Ocean Cleanup is honored to welcome former NOAA Chief Scientist Dr. Richard (Rick) Spinrad as the newest member of our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). In his advisory role, Dr. Spinrad will focus on challenging our work and designs based on his extensive experience in oceanography and the maritime technology field. His role will...

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Testing, Engineering

Second North Sea Prototype to be tested in August

Our first cleanup system is scheduled to be deployed by mid-2018; less than 10 months from now. The Ocean Cleanup team is now moving full speed ahead towards execution, but in parallel continues to test parts of the system to maximize the chances of success. While production of the full-length floater is underway in California, the...

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Team

Jos Huijbregts joins The Ocean Cleanup as CFO

The Ocean Cleanup is pleased to announce Jos Huijbregts has joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer, taking up the challenge of managing the development of The Ocean Cleanup’s financial and organizational growth. Jos will be a member of the Management Team at The Ocean Cleanup and will be responsible for managing the...

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Research

Quantifying global plastic inputs from rivers into oceans

Quantifying plastic pollution in the world’s ocean requires a good understanding of sources. It is commonly accepted that most plastic found in or near the marine environment is coming from land-based sources. Rivers particularly may play an important role in transporting mismanaged plastic waste from land into the ocean. Our...

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General

How to better clean the oceans - in 10 pictures

If you missed our announcement on May 11th, here is a photo album summarizing the 10 key moments of Boyan’s presentation. Shortly put, we announced the introduction of a mobile drifting system. This modular technology enables The Ocean Cleanup to accelerate production, deployment and extraction of plastic from the ocean....

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General

Pacific cleanup set to start in 2018

On May 11th during The Next Phase event, we finally unveiled what we have been covertly working on for the past two years; an improvement to our design that will enable us to start extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the next 12 months. This design improvement also increases the efficiency of the system; we...

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General

The Ocean Cleanup Raises 21.7 Million USD in Donations to Start Pacific Cleanup Trials

We are thrilled to announce that The Ocean Cleanup has just raised 21.7 million USD in donations. This new contribution allows us to start ocean trials of our pilot system in the Pacific Ocean later this year. This latest funding round brings our total funding since 2013 to 31.5 million USD.  We received financial support from...

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General

The Next Phase to be announced on May 11th

Early last year, our team made a discovery that opened the door for a significant improvement of our technology. Since then, we've covertly been working on this development. On Thursday May 11th, we will finally be ready to unveil the results, surrounded by our supporters at a special event at the ‘Werkspoorkathedraal‘ in...

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Research

Understanding the rising speed of plastic

The Ocean Cleanup Research Team continues to analyze data from our expeditions, including our Mega Expedition which provided us with the largest sample of ocean plastic ever collected (1.1 million particles weighing approximately one ton). One of the many experiments conducted was measuring the rising speed of plastic...

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Testing, Engineering

The Testing Continues

Sticking to its planning, The Ocean Cleanup team is working hard on its long-term goal to initiate the full-scale cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by 2020. To ensure optimization of our technology, we test and evaluate the barriers’ capability and survivability in multiple ways. Among others, we investigate how the...

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