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Oil Spill Cleanup Technology Picks Up $1.7 Million in Funding
With oil spill technology reaching new heights, one research laboratory has reaped the financial benefits of developing cutting edge technologies. Based out of the University of Alberta, Ingenuity Lab recently received a $1.7 million project grant to research and develop a successful alternative method for cleaning up deep reaching oil spills that destroy already fragile marine ecosystems. Everyone remembers the environmental damage caused by the infamous BP oil spill a few years back. In 2016, the company’s Clair platform released nearly 100 tons of petroleum into the North Sea, which gave us a wake call about the frequency of accidents caused by deep sea oil removal.
However, oil spills taint our seas and oceans continuously. Causes of oil spills vary from a seemingly minor overfilling of the car gas tank to catastrophic mechanical malfunctions such as what transpired during the BP fiasco. The type of petroleum determines the extent of the environmental damage
Ingenuity Lab put considerable time and financial resources into an effort to create technology that assists in the cleaning up of petroleum. Designed with carbon nanotube mesh and strengthened by the addition of minerals and polymers, the advanced device operates like a sponge by absorbing and holding on to oily pollutants. The technology involves nanowire-based stimuli-responsive multiple purpose membranes that have the potential to remove oil from large bodies of open water.
Acting as floating barriers, booms build a wall around a lubricate leak to allow skimmers to remove the oil from the water surface. The current method for cleaning up polluted seas and oceans require considerable costly fuel, and the process does nothing to alleviate oil pollution located under the surface.
The new technology developed by Ingenuity Lab represents a noticeable difference from the current clean up method because of the technology’s ability to skim on a water surface and then remove lubricates underneath the floating layer of pollution. The new technology handles intense heat and electrical shocks that prompt the release of collected contaminants. Recovered oil can be recycled, which is another benefit of this technology
The device has experienced success during the performance of small trials. The $1.7 million in funding from Natural Resources Canada will help the research laboratory perform larger versions of the trials. The infusion of this money puts Ingenuity Lab on track to start larger test runs at the latest by the end of 2018. Montemagno also mentioned that the new technology is expected to outperform existing ways while keeping environmental impact to a minimum.
With oil spill technology reaching new heights, one research laboratory has reaped the financial benefits of developing cutting edge technologies. Based out of the University of Alberta, Ingenuity Lab recently received a $1.7 million project grant to research and develop…