Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup, Genius or Dutch Disaster?

by Katy Schaefer

Boyan Slat, a 21 year old Dutch inventor, entrepreneur, and wunderkind gained quite a bit of media attention in 2012 when he gave a TEDx talk proposing a radical plan to clean the world’s oceans. He devised a system that he claims could remove 7,250,000,000KG of plastic from the oceans in just five years per gyre. The public responded with hope, joy and donations. However, with the first official open ocean test launch happening in the second quarter of 2016, the marine biologists and oceanographers have begun to cry foul. Continue reading

Clean Current Utilizes Marine Tidal Turbines to Produce Renewable Energy

by Mariah Valerie Barber

Clean Current Power Systems Incorporated is a private company based in British Columbia that focuses on hydrokinetic power generation. Specializing in marine energy engineering, Clean Current was the first company to use a tidal turbine or marine turbine energy. Clean Current’s tidal turbine utilizes the same basic framework used by the standard river in-stream turbine, only the company has incorporated bi-directional technology that allows the turbine to change directions automatically depending on the movement and direction of the tides. Clean Current’s tidal turbines are predicted to last up to 25 years and are able to be placed in marine areas from 7 to 25 meters in depth. Continue reading