What did the Boyan Slat and the Ocean Cleanup do last summer?

Because I haven’t written an update on the Ocean Cleanup and Boyan Slat in a while…

They deployed a 100-m long prototype

that is really 30-year old RO-BOOM technology

with some new fancy hardware.

 

Deployed in only 30 m of water

during a calm summer

the prototype failed after 2 months.

Because shackles.

It cost $2 million euros

and collected ZERO pieces of plastic.

If you, like me, are concerned about plastic in the ocean consider helping groups like The Ocean Conservancy who collected more than 18 million pounds of trash during the 2015 Coastal Ocean Cleanup or Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel who has collected 1,050,540 lbs. of trash from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor since May 9, 2014. The problem of ocean plastic isn’t solved yet.

 

 

 

Dr. Martini (146 Posts)

Kim is a Senior Oceanographer at Sea-Bird Scientific. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she has used observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence). Her current mission is to make your oceanographic data be the best data it can be.


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7 comments on “What did the Boyan Slat and the Ocean Cleanup do last summer?
  1. Even better, support groups like Upstream (http://upstreampolicy.org) and others working on source reductions and take steps to reduce your personal use of single-use plastics. No matter what the technology, we’re never going to be able to create a output pipe as big as our current input pipe (~4.8-12.7 million metric tons according to Jambeck, 2015).

  2. So frustrating dealing w Dunning-Kreuger types like this, who think it’s ‘possible! if you only dare to dream!’ bc they have no idea of what even the barest parameters of the problems are, whatever the field.

    It’s worst of all when they’re your boss and you can’t convince them until you run the (foregone) experiment, sometimes three and four times, because they’re sure you must have done it wrong, because their idea was so ‘brilliant’ – and now you’re behind schedule and over budget, because of all the time and resources you had to waste showing them that it really, really wasn’t…

  3. Hello,

    Thanks for the update on the Boyan Slat thing.
    Do you have any links about the failure of the prototype ?
    I searched around and everything I found says everythings OK, prototype still there.

    What’s the deal on the 2X 0.5M EUR ?
    Are you saying that Mummy and Daddy (my supposition) pocketed that much cashola ?

  4. I’ve heard conflicting stories about the Pacific Garbage Gyre …

    A. There is a big concentrated patch of floating plastic objects – practically an island

    B. There is a big diffuse area of small suspended plastic particles which one might sail through without recognizing it

    C. some combination

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