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Boyan Slat founder and CEO of the Ocean Cleanup project
Boyan Slat has Croatian roots on his father's side. His second name Slat corresponds to Šlat in Croatian.
Boyan Slat, born in 1994, author of the Ocean Cleanup project
Boyan Slat in 2012 at the age of 18
Boyan Slat in 2017 at the age of 23
On May 11th 2017, Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, announced a design breakthrough allowing for the cleanup of half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years.
The main idea behind The Ocean Cleanup is to let the ocean currents do the work. An installation of U-shaped screens channels floating plastic to a central point. The concentrated plastic can then be extracted and shipped to shore for recycling into durable products. The improvements involve the introduction of a mobile, or drifting system. Rather than fixing the floating screens to the seabed at great depths, The Ocean Cleanup will apply sea anchors to ensure the floating screens move slower than the plastic. Rather than one massive barrier, the improved, modular cleanup system consists of a fleet of screens.
Boyan Slat has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50), and is the youngest-ever recipient of the UN's highest environmental accolade: Champion of the Earth.
In 2015, HM King Harald of Norway awarded Boyan the maritime industry's Young Entrepreneur Award. Foreign Policy included Boyan in their 2015 list of Global Thinkers, Forbes included him in their 30 under 30 edition in 2016, and Reader's Digest chose him as the European of the Year in 2017. Boyan is a member of the Thiel Fellowship.
The Ocean Cleanup has been recognized as one of the Designs of the Year by the London Design Museum, is recipient of the 2015 INDEX: Award, won Fast Company's 2015 Innovation by Design award, and has been chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 25 best inventions of 2015.
The second name Slat corresponds to Šlat in Croatian.