Boyan Slat is a Dutch inventor, entrepreneur who creates technologies to solve societal problems, and Aerospace Engineering student drop-out. He is now the CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, which develops advanced systems to rid world’s oceans of plastic…
This vortex of trash, located between California and Hawaii, covers 600,000 square miles of ocean and is responsible for countless animal deaths. After years of testing and research (he invented the device 4 years ago), Slat’s foundation The Ocean Cleanup is finally ready to launch the system and begin the Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup.
Instead of going after the plastic, Boyan devised a system though which, driven by the ocean currents, the plastic would concentrate itself, reducing the theoretical cleanup time from millennia to mere years. In February 2013 he dropped out of his Aerospace Engineering study at TU Delft to start The Ocean Cleanup.
The first cleanup prototype was deployed in June 2016, and The Ocean Cleanup now prepares to launch the first full-scale operational system into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by mid-2018.
On September 8, the system will be launch from The Ocean Cleanup assembly yard and move through the San Francisco Bay toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Once launched, it should take about 3.5 hours to enter the Pacific Ocean, at which point its final destination will be about 1,000 nautical miles away.