After 5 years of research, engineering and testing, the Ocean Cleanup has launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system from San Francisco Bay, marking the start of the cleanup.
The system is now on its way to an intermediary test stop, 250-350 nautical miles offshore for a 2-week trial before continuing its journey toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 1,200 nautical miles offshore, to start the cleanup.
If successful, Ocean Cleanup, wants to launch a fleet of similar systems to remove around half of plastic trapped in the vortex over the next five years.
Tow test force measurement system at the Ocean Cleanup
Since the beginning Althen has been in contact with the engineering department of the Ocean Cleanup. It was known that the ambitious goal to design and develop a cleaning system could benefit of the right information when it is in place.
For safety, for maintenance prevention, for testing. After having changed the design in an iterative way and after having conductive several scale models at Marin.
The request from the Ocean Cleanup came to have a force monitoring system in place which could measure the forces that occur between the towing vessel and the system being towed.