bmw i provides mobility solution to ‘ocean cleanup’
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BMW i provides mobility solution to ‘Ocean Cleanup’

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Boyan Slat, founder of ‘The Ocean Cleanup.’
San Francisco - Egypt Today

Since 2013, Boyan Slat has been working on his dream to rid the Pacific Ocean of the large amounts of waste plastic floating around. The 24-year-old Dutch TU Delft student has become world-famous with his initiative “The Ocean Cleanup” that tackles the so-called “plastic soup.” “The largest cleanup in history” is what the team calls the operation.

The cleaning system consists of a 600-meter-long tube that floats on the water. Below it is a tapered, three-meter long “skirt.” The floater not only ensures the buoyancy of the system, but at the same time prevents plastic from flowing over it, while the skirt prevents the (plastic) waste from escaping underneath. Both the plastic waste and the system are propelled by the ocean current, but the wind and waves only drive the system, because the float is just above the water surface, while the plastic is mainly just below it.

The system therefore moves faster than the plastic, allowing the plastic to be caught. With this method, according to “The Ocean Cleanup,” 50 percent of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” could be cleaned every five years.

Sept. 8, 2018 was the official launch of “System 001” in San Francisco. A tugboat pulled the ingenious floating device under the Golden Gate to the open sea marking the start of the cleanup operation.

The system went on its way to a stopover, some 600 km off the coast. After a trial period of two weeks, it continues its journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, some 1,500 km further, to start the cleanup.

During the event in San Francisco, the team was supplied with a fully electric BMW i3. In the Netherlands, in September, three BMW i3s models have also been delivered at the new head office of “The Ocean Cleanup” in Rotterdam to provide 100 percent electric mobility for Slat and his team for the coming 12 months.

The delivery of the vehicles to the Rotterdam office, builds on a longer cooperation that started in 2017 when three BMW i3s were provided to the mobility mix for the event during which Slat and his team made the grand announcement to start the operation.

For “The Ocean Cleanup” it is important that their company cars suit the philosophy of the organization, and the fully electrical BMW i3 fits that bill completely.  
“At BMW I, as an incubator for innovations, we also keep pushing the boundaries of sustainability, even beyond the car,” said Dr. Robert Irlinger, head of BMW i. “We are delighted to support ‘The Ocean Cleanup’ on their mission, because we share the same mindset.”

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