After implementing the insights from System 001/B, we aim to launch System 002, followed by the scale-up to the full fleet in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Once we complete the expansion in the Pacific, we aim to then expand the cleanup operation to the remaining four ocean garbage patches.
While System 001 and System 001/B were beta systems to reach proven technology, System 002 will be built on the lessons learned and with an additional focus – preparing the design for full-scale roll-out.
To finance the fleet, we welcome individuals to take part in our scale-up. By recycling the collected plastic into valuable products, we aim to make the cleanup fleet, to a large extent, financially self-sustainable. Our objective is to valorize as much of the harvest as technically and commercially possible. We aim for ‘zero waste’ operations, with no debris ending up in a landfill.
The plastic that circulates in the five gyres has been accumulating over the past 60+ years and will not go away by itself. Instead, the material breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces over time. At a certain level, these nano- and microparticles will become too small to collect. It is, therefore, crucial to begin cleaning up as soon as possible and defuse this ticking time bomb.
Both prevention and cleanup of the plastic already in ocean garbage patches is needed to effectively eradicate ocean plastic pollution. Learn more about our Interceptor, the technology to stop plastic on its way to the ocean from rivers.
Is your company interested in being part of our scale-up? Please send us an email via our website contact form, to discuss a potential collaboration opportunity.