23 Oct '11, 4pm

New Wave in Oil Cleanup Technology Spurred by Competition from @NRDC's blog:

The veteran oil spill cleanup technology team, Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois, took top honors with its new skimmer, which uses a series of spinning, grooved disks (the grooves increase surface area) to attract and pump out oil. Elastec's skimmer collected 4,670 gallons of oil per minute - about 4 times the industry standard -- with an efficiency rating of 89.5 percent oil to water, exceeding the challenge's goal of 70 percent efficiency. When that rate was announced, I could hear the gasps from the representatives of the other teams - they were really impressed. No matter how much fluid a skimmer collects, if there's a lot of water in the mix, it vastly increases the cost and complexity of the cleanup. Other technologies tested included special absorbent coatings for skimmers, oil-hungry brushes and a machine that separates and skims under water. It's astoundi...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/plehner/new_wave_in_oil...

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