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The Interceptor: Plan To Intercept Plastic in 1000 Polluted Rivers by The Ocean Clean Up

Geschreven op 27-10-2019 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Afval, Duurzaam Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Update 7 februari 2021: In collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), part of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, The Ocean Cleanup signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish Interceptor deployment plans in Thailand.

This commitment is another necessary step on our mission to rid the world’s oceans of plastic and tackle the most polluting rivers.

Ewout Eelkman Rooda, Head of Rivers at The Ocean Cleanup, said “We’re delighted with the engagement that this step forward demonstrates. It brings us closer to deployment and closer to achieving our mission of ridding the oceans of plastic. I look forward to closer collaboration with DMCR and other key stakeholders in Thailand to make this project a success.”

Deploying Interceptors around the globe is only possible with the support and input from local partners and entities specific to the regions of deployment. As such, we are grateful to the Dutch Embassy in Thailand and local partners who continue to provide valuable support.

We look forward to deploying Interceptors in Thailand’s rivers – their locations will be determined as planning progresses further. The signing of this document confirms local partners in Thailand’s commitment to tackling this problem and we are excited to work with them on the road to cleaner oceans.

15 December 2020: The Ocean Cleanup has partnered with Konecranes to series produce Interceptors. This partnership prepares The Ocean Cleanup for global Interceptor scale-up. New design updates improve efficiency for operations and mass production. Two Interceptors with these design changes are being built in tandem, in Malaysia right now.

To rapidly address the urgent problem of plastic pollution, we must deploy Interceptors on an industrial scale, but we cannot do this by ourselves.

Today, The Ocean Cleanup announced that they are partnering with Konecranes to handle manufacturing and series production of Interceptors in their MHE-Demag facilities in Malaysia – with two in production right now. Over the last year and a half, they have gained valuable insights into the Interceptor technology and, together with Konecranes’ MHE-Demag, they have made updates to the design that improve its operational and manufacturing efficiency.

Laying the groundwork for global scaleup, Interceptors 005 and 006 are currently being built simultaneously at Konecranes’ MHE-Demag facility in Klang, Malaysia and are expected to be completed in May 2021. These two Interceptors will be different from the 1st and 2nd generations deployed in Jakarta, Indonesia; Klang, Malaysia; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Because we have chosen an iterative design path, we continually learn about our technology in real-time and adjust the technology. This process is ongoing so that we are always learning, adapting, and iterating. The 3rd generation is the result of knowledge gained from these deployments to help improve its collection efficiency and ease of production.

The key updates to the next Interceptors are: The conveyor belt is now 2.5 meters (1.6x wider). The expanded width allows for a less obstructive flow and better distribution to the dumpsters. To adapt to the new conveyor belt width, the barge and the six dumpsters inside the Interceptor are now widened as well, which makes transfer from conveyor to dumpster easier and more effective.

The new Interceptor design features improved monocrystalline solar cell panels and a smart energy storage system, which is smaller but still meets the 100% solar energy demand required to operate the Interceptor.  This updated version features a new frame and catamaran structure built from the ground up. The modular design is specifically designed to facilitate containerization and swift deployment globally.

Our aim is to address the 1000 most polluting rivers around the world to achieve our goal of clean oceans. Because we are a small team, we could not do this alone – and we never planned to. Thanks to partnerships like Konecranes we can benefit from their manufacturing expertise and global footprint while we continue to develop our technology. Interceptors 005 and 006 are expected to be completed in May 2021 with one more in the lineup for LA County.

27 Oktober 2019: Two Interceptors with these design changes are being built in tandem, in Malaysia right now. The Ocean Cleanup aims to tackle the 1,000 most polluting rivers, responsible for about 80% of ocean plastic pollution, before the end of 2025.

The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, unveiled its invention to prevent the unrelenting flow of plastic pollution into the world’s oceans.

The Interceptor, under development by The Ocean Cleanup since 2015, complements the organization’s founding mission by attacking the flow of plastic garbage at its source, the world’s vast network of rivers.

“To truly rid the oceans of plastic, we need to both clean up the legacy and close the tap, preventing more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place. Combining our ocean cleanup technology with the Interceptor™, the solutions now exist to address both sides of the equation,” said Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup.

The Interceptor is the first scalable solution to intercept river plastic pollution and can be deployed around the world. It is capable of extracting 50,000 kg of trash per day – even reaching 100,000 kg per day under optimized conditions.

Four Interceptors have been built to-date; two systems are already operational in Jakarta (Indonesia) and Klang (Malaysia). A third system is in Vietnam to be installed in Can Tho in the Mekong Delta (Vietnam), while the fourth is destined to be deployed in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). In addition to these locations, Thailand has signed up to deploy an Interceptor™ near Bangkok, and further agreements are nearing completion including one in LA County (USA), kick-starting the scale-up.

As part of The Ocean Cleanup’s research to map the problem, it was established that 1,000 of the world’s 100,000 rivers (1%) are responsible for roughly 80 percent of the garbage entering the oceans. The product of their global scientific measurement and modeling efforts has been visualized in an interactive map that is accessible here.

The Ocean Cleanup Interceptor is environmentally friendly and 100 percent solar-powered, with onboard lithium-ion batteries that enable it to operate day and night without any noise or exhaust fumes. The system is anchored to the riverbed to utilize the natural flow of the river to catch the plastic and is designed for 24/7 autonomous operation, removing the need for dangerous manual work. Its floating barrier that is used to direct the garbage into the system only spans part of the river; it will not interfere with other vessels and does not harm the safety, nor impede the movement of wildlife – critical requirements when operating in major rivers. An internet-connected onboard computer monitors the system’s performance, energy usage, and component health.

The Ocean Cleanup publicly presented these plans and unveiled the Interceptor 004 at a live-streamed event in the Port of Rotterdam. At the start of October, The Ocean Cleanup announced it was successfully capturing and collecting plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with its System 001/B, a cleanup system that is currently undergoing continued performance testing at sea.

See also: The Ocean Cleanup: How We Showed the Oceans Could Clean ThemselvesThe Ocean Plastic Cleanup of Boyan Slat by VPRO Backlight Documentary – The Ocean Array Platform: Ocean Trash Cleaner to Debut off Japanese Island Tsushima – Pacific Garbage Screening (PGS): De Kam Om De Oceanen Schoon Te Maken – The Ocean Cleanup Technology, Explained – How we will rid the oceans of plastic by Boyan Slat – The Ocean Clean Up System Design Upgrades Completed: Relaunch System 001/B In June 2019 – The Ocean Clean Up System 001/B Captures Plastics in All Size Classes: From Microplastics To Ghost Nets

TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: Living a Sustainable Life by Ed Begley Jr – TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: The Economic Injustice of Plastic by Van Jones – TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: The Ocean is Connected to Everything by Dr. Sylvia Earle –TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: Tackling Our Nature Deficiency Disorder by David deRotschild – Can We Save Our Oceans from Plastic and Remove the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by CNN Eco Solutions – A Plastic Ocean: The Request? Rethink Plastic – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Explained by The Ocean CleanupGreat Pacific Garbage Patch: Plastic Soup and Plastic Planet – Plastic Soep by Jesse Goossens – Plastic Planet – Recycled Island: Cleaning our Oceans and Creating a Floating City – The Plastiki Expedition by David de Rothschild – The House of Plastic: Prefab Homes made of Plastic Garbage – From Oil to Plastic and from Plastic back to Oil: The Magic Box by Akinori Ito – The Throwaway Mentality and The 5 Oceanic Gyres – The Plastiki Expedition by David de Rothschild: On National Geographic Channel – Plastic Whale – EU-Commissaris Maria Damanaki Wil Op Plastic Gaan Vissen in de Middellandse Zee – Clean Up Rotterdam: Ondernemers Gaan Rotterdam Schoonmaken by R4R

5 Reacties

  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    27 oktober 2019 om 14:32 | Permalink

    The Ocean Cleanup Unveiling The Interceptor

    For the past four years, we’ve been working on a secret side project which has led to a new, breakthrough invention for solving plastic pollution. This will be unveiled at 8 pm CEST (2pm EST / 11 am PST) on October 26th.

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    28 januari 2021 om 20:59 | Permalink

  3. Erik van Erne zegt:

    7 februari 2021 om 16:09 | Permalink

    2020 Highlights: Interceptors, ocean system tests and our first product by The Ocean Cleanup

    It’s been a challenging year, where working towards our goal of clean oceans was slowed down, but never halted. With determination, our team pulled through, with some highlights along the way.

    In 2020, like the rest of the globe, our activities were impacted. Despite the circumstances, our team showed resiliency as they adapted to working from home and found new ways to go to the (virtual) drawing board. It is through this determination that we deployed Interceptor 004 in the Dominican Republic, launched our first product – sunglasses – made of certified plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and confirmed our partnership with Konecranes to series produce Interceptors. These milestones prove that our mission is as important and relevant as it was before.

  4. Erik van Erne zegt:

    18 februari 2021 om 23:04 | Permalink

    Interceptor Overcomes Last Obstacles and Pulls Trash: Interceptor 004 by The Ocean Cleanup

    After many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tropical storms, and water hyacinths, Interceptor 004 is successfully cleaning plastic (again) in the Rio Ozama.

  5. Erik van Erne zegt:

    30 maart 2021 om 22:51 | Permalink

    Coldplay Joins The Ocean Clean Up’s Mission To Get Rid Of The World’s Oceans Of Plastic: Sponsor of Interceptor 005 aka Neon Moon 1

    Coldplay is well renowned for their music as well as their philanthropic endeavors, so we are excited that they have chosen to take part in our mission to rid the oceans of plastic through the sponsorship of an Interceptor.

    Interceptor 005, or Neon Moon 1, will be deployed in Malaysia this year and is the first deployment of the third-generation design. The Ocean Cleanup and Coldplay collaboration helps to take another significant step in tackling the world’s 1000 most polluting rivers

    “Without action, there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050, which is why The Ocean Cleanup’s work is so vital. We’re proud to sponsor Interceptor 005 – aka Neon Moon 1 – which will catch thousands of tons of waste before it reaches the ocean.” – Coldplay on the sponsorship of Interceptor 005.

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