Dutch Inventor Creates Impressive Solar-Powered Barges That Can Clean Rivers

We all know about the plastic pollution the whole world is facing. For decades the water bodies around our beautiful planet have been used as dumping grounds for waste materials. Plastic, metals and other waste products have polluted the water bodies and cleaning it seemed to be an impossible task.

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But, thankfully some people dedicated their lives to find that solution and now they have. Meet the Dutch ‘boy genius’ who created a fully automated, solar-powered, ocean cleaning vessel that can help clean our oceans in a matter of years.

1The ‘Boy Genius’

Boyan Slat was born on the 27th of July in 1994 and today is the CEO of The Ocean Cleanup. He was dubbed ‘Boy Genius’ for his impressive efforts to clean up the oceans and rivers. In 2013 he founded the non-profit entity The Ocean Cleanup. Today he is the CEO of the company and it has one goal, to come up with clean technology to clean up the oceans.

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2How did he get interested in this?

It was at the age of 16 when Slat saw more plastic than fishes in the water bodies surrounding Greece. He was an avid diver so he could explore the depths of the waters. He then devoted his high school life and projects into researching and understanding plastic pollution and how bad it is and to what extent it has gone.

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3He dropped out of aerospace engineering

He was studying aerospace engineering when his passion for cleaning up the environment hit full throttle. He dropped out and began research on an idea. He wanted to build a passive system, using the circulating ocean currents to his advantage. In 2013 he founded The Ocean Cleanup. He wanted to come up with technologies that could clean the oceans by themselves.

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4His new project is incredible

Working for years with his company he came up with the ‘Interceptor’ which is a fully autonomous battery-operated ocean cleaning vessel. It comes equipped with solar panels and lithium-ion batteries that produce zero emissions. It is completely autonomous and requires no human onboard. It can work during the day and night.

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5What can the Interceptor do?

The Interceptor is a vessel made with one sole purpose in its life, to clean up water bodies. Testing has shown that it can easily clean up 50,000kg to 100,000kg of trash every day. This is no small feat of technology but something that could easily get rid of the plastic pollution we have been facing for years.

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