Boyan Slat, TU Delft, Ocean Cleanup Array, Ocean Plastic, Garbage Patch

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World’s Oceans

When we first covered Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as debate. The 19-year-old Dutch aerospace engineering student devised the array to be dispatched to the world’s garbage patches, with an initial estimate the the oceans could be cleaned up in around 5 years. With an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel, separating plastic from plankton, and storing the refuse for recycling. Slat has since raised $80,000 to conduct a feasibility study into the Ocean Cleanup Array, and its potential for clearing the world’s oceans of trash.

plastic waste, plastic recycling, Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad, biofuels, plastic biofuel

A Way to Turn Plastic Waste into $78 Million of Biofuel

16-year-old Egyptian student Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad, meanwhile, was at work finding a way to make use of waste plastic. The budding scientist discovered a catalyst that could turn Egypt’s one million tons of annually discarded plastic into a phenomenal $78 million worth of biofuel each year. She hopes that the development could “provide an economically efficient method for production of hydrocarbon fuel,” and many appear to agree; Faiad has been awarded the European Fusion Development Agreement award at the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists, and is seeking patents for her discovery.

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1 Comment

  1. Oy Maggie July 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    If anyone needed any more convincing that education paves the way to a brighter future, this is it.

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