Date revealed for Boylan Slat’s first Ocean Cleanup array launch – USAPosted on August 2, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
It’s going to be a long journey, but Boylan Slat’s clean up effort is about to get going.
On September 8th, 2018, the 600 meter long Array 001 will make its way out from Alameda, under the Golden Gate Bridge, and out into the Pacific ocean. From there, it will undergo a couple of months of tow tests and trials in the Pacific, before being towed out to its final destination in The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
There, it will begin the job of collecting trash for removal and recycling—using its passive, energy neutral mode of operation to concentrate floating debris at the center of the array where vessels will periodically come by to collect the trash and bring it back to land. Along the way, because The Ocean Cleanup has opted for a modular, gradual launch, the first array will be able to provide important performance data to the team which can then use that data to tweak and improve designs before further arrays are launched.