The Ocean Cleanup Concert has eventually become a reality to all who visualized it. The Ocean Cleanup program is designed to clean up the 11.8 trillion bits of trash which are hovering on the great Pacific Garbage Patch.
To that effect, Ocean Cleanup has deployed $20 million systems for its accomplishment. A Forbes piece enlightens us on how ocean cleanup proposes to reuse and recycle ocean plastics; it is essential to check it out.
Floating Boom Scheme was invented by the Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization founded in 2013 by an 18-year-old Dutch inventor known as Boyan Slat.
The system was stationed on Saturday from San Fransisco Bay and is presumed to experience several weeks of experimentation before it could be hauled or introduced into operation. The mission of this Floating Boom System is to reveal an ‘’high-level technology” which will ride the world’s oceans of plastic.
The Floating Boom system has been considered to clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the space of five years with the aid of dozens of more Booms. The team estimates that each Boom will confine up to 150,000 pounds of plastic in a year as they swim by the currents between Hawaii and California.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a whirl of trash built from an ocean Gyre in the Central North Pacific, and the whirlpool of debris spotted in the mid-1980s extends between California and Hawaii.
The vast Pacific Garbage is enormous that it can be detectable from space through covers and satellites. It comprises almost 1.8 trillion pieces of debris and 1.6 million square kilometers.
Typically, debris is settled and confined within a rotating ocean current known as a Gyre, and this often restricts the frequency of the refuse patch which is very profitable when building a system to obtain plastic.
The Floating Boom Operation will be pulled out 1,400 miles to the trash patch and begin accumulating trash after it might have undergone testing; this will occur around mid-October.
The Floating Boom regularly flows along with the local current thereby producing a U-shaped structure. Once the Boom swims, it accumulates sediment in the U-shaped system which has 10 feet of netting below it to obtain fewer particles of plastic. As soon as the boom is full, a vessel will reach the Boom and collect the plastic, convey it to the land for sorting and recycling.
The 10 feet netting is not thick enough, and the idea behind this is that the boom is meant to gather trash and not fish. Nevertheless, this continues to be evident in the open ocean.
Although the technology has not been proven in the open ocean yet, the team still has goals and ideas and are closest to finding an answer to cleaning up the Garbage Patch. From research, no other organization has a deployable system that will effectively clean up the refuse patch on this scale.
The group comprises of heavy hitters in the tech industry like Marc Benioff who is the chief executive of salesforce.com and Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal.
Hopefully, sustained experimentation and deployment of the other booms to the company will further perfect the system, increase its productivity and make it less disruptive to ocean ecosystems.