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June 3, 2014, New York - The Ocean Cleanup, founded by Dutchman Boyan Slat, has unveiled its feasibility report today, concluding that its concept is a viable method to clean the oceans from plastic. The report is the result of more than a year of extensive scientific research in engineering, oceanography, ecology, maritime law, finance and recycling. The feasibility study was financially supported by crowd funding and professional in kind contributions. The research was done by an international team of over 100 experts, predominantly on a voluntary basis. The next step, building and testing large-scale operational pilots, will be initiated as soon as sufficient funding has been raised.www.theoceancleanup.com...
Their first proof-of-concept test, which was performed at the Azores Islands, confirmed the capture and concentration potential of the floating barriers. After capture the plastic is removed mechanically and, according to the report, if it can be converted into other materials or oil some of the costs could potentially be recovered.
So what’s the catch? Cleanup projects unfortunately don’t come cheap, and the team estimate that this will cost €31.7 million per year (around $43 million). While this may sound dramatic, according to the report it’s actually around 33 times cheaper than other conventional cleanup methods that have been proposed to deal with the problem. But to minimize costs, The Ocean Cleanup is outsourcing most of the fundamental research to institutes and is also collaborating with various companies. In order to implement the next stage of the project, which will involve large-scale operational pilots, the company is now crowdsourcing $2 million.
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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: VoidHawk
From the looks of the videos, it seems as if the main problem is the eroded plastics which have been broken down by sun and immersion in a constantly mobile liquid environment. Most of the plastic pieces the young fellow is looking at removing from the oceans, are far too small to be caught up in a fishing net, and according to his research, they are the ones which are doing the most harm, and are the hardest to capture.
That is why he had to go ahead and think up this scheme to remove them, and take five hundred million dollars worth, or 7.25 million tons of garbage out of the sea. Personally, I think any environment secretary in any government on this planet, should be strung up by their reproductive organs and flogged if they refuse to involve themselves in such a project. This seems to me, to be one of the few methods I have heard of cleaning the ocean, which has a hope in hell of working effectively and thoroughly.
originally posted by: Treespeaker
a reply to: VoidHawk
Wow, that's like walking past trash on a hiking trail and not picking it up cause I'm not paid.