Performer: Boyan Slat – How the oceans can clean themselves

written by Rob Speekenbrink, 28 August 2012, filed as article

Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat, Delft, 1994) combines environmentalism, creativity and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. Currently working on oceanic plastic pollution, he believes current prevention measures will have to be supplemented by active removal of plastics in order to succeed. With his concept called Marine Litter Extraction, Boyan Slat proposes a radical clean-up solution, for which he won the Best Technical Design award 2012 at the TU Delft.

Where millions of tons of plastic kill ocean life and poison food chains, Boyan sees opportunities to combat this. While researching ocean plastics during school holidays, he performed analysis on various fundamental topics (including particle sizes, plastic/plankton separation and the amount of plastic in the oceans), leading up to the first realistic concept for cleaning up the world’s oceans.

Now a first-year Aerospace Engineering student at the TU Delft, Boyan has always been passionate about applying technology in an original way (at age fourteen he set a world record with launching 213 water rockets), and as an (underwater)photographer and videographer witnesses environmental degradation through his very own eyes.

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10 Responses to Performer: Boyan Slat – How the oceans can clean themselves

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  2. CATHERINE FOLATRE says:

    I THINK THIS IS JUST EXTRAORDINARY !!! ITS A GENIUS IDEA !!! WE SHOULD ALL CONTRIBUTE TO MAKE THIS PLATFORM !! THIS YOUNG MAN IS A “ANGEL” SENT TO SAVE OUR PLANET !!..HE DESERVES OUR RESPECT !!

  3. Lombard Jean-Robert says:

    Hi!
    I live in Paris but was born and grew up in Toulon by the mediterranean see wish is my second home(talking about the see)
    If I can help in any matter…
    Congratulations man.
    J.R.L

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  8. GUIOT Helene says:

    Hi,

    It’s just THE idea of the century, I’ve just heard about your project today.

    Your idea is pure genius, I hope you will not be “annoyed” by all those administrative problem we encounter when we try to do something. But maybe it’s not the same in the Netherlands.

    If I can be of any help from my Martinica Island, it will be with great pleasure. Unfortunately I’ve got no money but anything else would be ok.

    Congratulations !!!!!
    Helene

  9. stephane shintu says:

    it’s a great idea. hope you will find time and money to make your idea alive. And do you have any idea on how to apply your system to sea, like mediterrannean sea? maybe with marine current? or with a small unit on each river mouth?

  10. ontijt says:

    Please continues ,this is our hope ,happy newyaer 2014 and congratulation you’re great BOYAN :)

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