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 (142 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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2 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).

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