Moving towards the deployment of our first cleanup system in mid-2018, The Ocean Cleanup continues to test and verify system components. On August 29 we deployed the first part our new North Sea prototype. The new North Sea tests are aimed at assessing two variations of floater-screen connections as well as the application of antifouling on the screen.
With each passing day, the plastic floating around in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to break down into harmful microplastics. This reality pushes The Ocean Cleanup team to test, analyze and work quickly ensuring we meet our first cleanup system deployment deadline of mid-2018. 
The tests taking place in the North Sea will verify elements of our new and updated design. The system has changed a lot since our first prototype with the most obvious design change of moving from a moored system to a free-floating system. The other important design updates are …