Updates

General

The Dutch State to support The Ocean Cleanup’s high seas activities

Today, we entered into an agreement with the Netherlands relating to the deployment of our cleanup systems on the high seas. The agreement deals with matters such as safety of navigation, protection of the marine environment, and the rights of other users of the high seas with respect to our cleanup systems. With this agreement the...

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General, Engineering

System 001 Assembly: 120-meter Tow Test Unit Completed

To meet our ambitious goals of deploying the first ocean cleanup system this summer, we are reminded of one of our basic design principles here at The Ocean Cleanup: doing is the fastest way of learning. In less than five weeks, we progressed from signing the lease for an empty assembly yard in Alameda, California to a fully active...

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Oceanography, Research, General

The Exponential Increase of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

After three years of research including two field expeditions, extensive laboratory experiments and data analyses, we are thrilled to finally release the results of our study on the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch or GPGP. Our peer-reviewed manuscript published today in the journal Scientific Reports summarizes the methodology that...

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General, Engineering, Testing

Unscheduled Learning Opportunities on the North Sea

A new ocean cleanup prototype is being deployed on the North Sea today. It is one of the last steps as we prepare to launch the first cleanup system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this summer. To understand how we arrived at this point, here is a brief history of the North Sea prototypes, and the reasons why we're deploying another...

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General

The Ocean Cleanup Signs Lease for Alameda Assembly Yard

The Ocean Cleanup and the City of Alameda announced today that they have signed a lease agreement for portions of the former Alameda Naval Air Station, a peninsula now known as Alameda Point. Located on San Francisco Bay, this is the site where assembly of the first cleanup system will begin within the next month. The combination of...

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General

The Road to the Cleanup: Design locked, procurement started

To meet our ambitious schedule to deploy the first cleanup system mid next year, the team has to take critical decisions on a weekly basis. Several key milestones were met in the past several months. Last week, we confirmed the final order for the first full length floater, officially kicking off the procurement phase. Boyan Slat...

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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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