- Created: Thursday, 06 June 2013 14:13
Recently, photographs of huge floating islands of waste floating freely on the oceans have spread around the world. Plastic waste kills hundreds of thousand of marine animals each year, and hazardous chemicals that are generated from plastic enter the human food chain. Nineteen-year old Boyan Slat, a student of aeronautics at TU Delft University n the Netherlands, designed an ocean cleaning system, consisting of long movable barriers that float on the surface, and an anchored platform where waste would be collected, separated from planktons, dehydrated and ultimately stored for further recycling onshore. Slat estimates that 7,250,000 tons of waste could be collected in this way in a period of 5 years, which is approximately 1/3 of global pollution of oceans with plastic waste. This innovation is still only a concept, which has lead to establishment of non-profit foundation "The Ocean Cleanup Foundation", which would raise financial resources in order to realize the feasibility study. A team of about 50 engineers, model makers, external experts and students have made excellent progress, and preliminary results are promising.