Finally, the Ocean Cleanup Array, invented by 20-year-old Boyan Slat, is set to launch in Japan. This array essentially uses natural ocean currents and winds to passively transport plastic towards an anchored collection platform. Floating barriers prevent sea life from getting entangled while large booms extend outwards at angles to direct debris towards the collection platform. Many tests were conducted to see if the array was feasible, including one performed at the Azores Islands to measure the design’s capture and concentration potential using a floating barrier with a skirt depth of 3m. It successfully captured floating bits of ocean plastic, which can be recycled through processes that turn it into oil, without catching large amounts of zooplankton. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.