The Ocean Cleanup has completed another test campaign in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, proving that its latest design solved a major issue.
“After a 6-week testing campaign, our main technical
challenge is solved by modifying the system to move at a consistent speed
through the plastic,” the company said.
Namely, a consistent speed through the plastic has been
achieved using the parachute anchor configuration.
However, The Ocean Cleanup added that the technology is not
proven yet, as overtopping needs to be addressed before the plastic is
effectively retained in the System 001/B.
The company has now upgraded the system’s screen, increasing
it from the previous 4 inches above the water to be almost 20 inches above the
water, using three rows of floats stacked on top of each other.
On August 18, The Ocean Cleanup’s CEO, Boyan Slat, said that
the upgraded screen with supersized cork line was on its way to the Great
Pacific Garbage Patch.