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

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

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

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  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.

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