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Bay Debris sweeper boat, opens up in the front and collects garbage. These are currently being used in many bays in Asia.

The Gyre Cleanup Plan

Some say that cleaning up our mess in the ocean is an impossibility. We say that it’s an engineering challenge. We have faith in the human race’s ability to rise to this challenge.
ECC has become a magnet for innovation. Our “Can Do” philosophy is attracting ideas from kids to NASA scientists. Our cleanup plan enlists collaboration amongst people and entities in related fields incorporating new cleanup technologies being created by engineering firms world wide. Our number one goal is to promote and develop ocean cleanup systems that can be implemented as soon as possible.

First, the debris must be safely removed from the ocean with as little harm to existing marine life as is possible.

Some examples of possible collection processes are:

• “The P-Pod” 1st plastic collection device, from Abundant Seas Foundation, Jim Murosaka has said himself that; “This is a starting point to be improved upon. ” (For more information about the P-Pod:  http://abundantseas.org/ )

 

A Manta Trawl (photo courtesy: SeaPlex)

http://seaplexscience.com/

 

• Manta Trawls are used by Scientists to collect zooplankton samples and are being used to collect plastic samples. (For more information about the Manta Trawl: http://5gyres.org/global_research)

It is possible to create a Modified Manta Trawl to retrieve smaller plastic bits in large quantity from the ocean and protect marine life by using a filter/screen at the entrance.

 

 

 

Plastic Pollution Collection

This Solar Powered ‘Water-Wheel’ Will Clean 23 Metric Tons of Trash From The Ocean Every Day

From the online magazine
The Mind Unleashed
on 26 July, 2014 at 11:52

 

Ocean Array

19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World’s Oceans

From the website:
Inhabitat.com
on 26 March, 2013

 

hidroplant

Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids The World’s Oceans Of Plastic While Generating Clean Energy

Seawer is a self-supported hydroelectric power station that can generate electricity using seawater at the same time that it cleans up plastic waste. The huge structure separates plastic particles and fluids, recycles seawater and releases it back into the ocean.
The structure receives energy from the sun, ocean and plastics and moves slowly from one polluted area to the next. The project received an honorable mention in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper .

Millions of tons of trash enter the ocean each year and cluster in particular areas of the world’s oceans. One of the most infamous plastic debris patches is located in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, commonly referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP).
This piece of “plastic soup” is twice the size of Texas and contains six times more plastic than plankton biomass. Seawer skyscraper was designed to tackle this issue while generating electricity at the same time. South Korean designer Sung Jin Cho submitted the Seawer Skyscraper project as his proposal for this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The project includes a huge drainage hole 550 meters in diameter and 300 meters in depth that would be located at the heart of the GPGP. The structure consists of five layers of baleen filters that separate plastic particles and fluids. The particles are taken to an onboard recycling plant while purified seawater is stored in a large sedimentation tank at the bottom of the structure before it is released back into the ocean.

19 August, 2014

 

Once the plastic has been collected from the ocean, the following are just 3 sustainable solutions as to what to do with it.

1) Turning scrap plastic into structural lumber, Bedford Technology http://www.plasticboards.com

2) Turning plastic in fuel: http://jbiglobal.com/

3) Gasification: Has been approved by the California EPA to burn waste materials for electricity. http://www.gasification.org/

Other approaches:

• The Ocean Gyre Cleanup Contest invites the greatest minds from around the globe to answer the question: “How to remove plastic and toxins from our marine environment without damaging the marine life?”. Millions of people are asking this question, many are designing and building prototypes. The contest is designed to consider from Engineering & the Environmental impact which is the optimal to seek funding.

• Working with nature to restore the oceans to optimal health.

• Plastic and chemicals entering our oceans is preventable.

• Launch education and awareness outreach campaigns.

• Direct and immediate actions.

 

Innovations can be implemented very quickly with funding, we are seeking funding for an Ocean Gyre Cleanup Contest and prototype development of the best concept. Contact; Rich@GyreCleanup.org