Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Researchers Invent A Sponge That Could Transform Oil Spill Cleanup

Posted by on Mar. 18, 2017 at 12:35 AM
  • 9 Replies
1 mom liked this

I love science!  I picked the Huffington source, but this story is found multiple places.  The video, if you want to see it, is here Source

......

Researchers have designed a new material that could completely revolutionize the way oil spills are cleaned up.

When the Deepwater Horizon spill happened in 2010, the cleanup presented an unexpected challenge. Millions of gallons of oil didn't collect on the surface, where it could be skimmed off or burned, but instead was drifting through the ocean below the waves.

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Lab have invented a material that could prevent a similar situation in future spills.

The foam, called Oleo Sponge, can soak up 90 times its own weight in oil before it needs to be wrung out to be reused — and the oil can be recovered.

“The material is extremely sturdy. We’ve run dozens to hundreds of tests, wringing it out each time, and we have yet to see it break down at all,” co-inventor Seth Darling said in a release.

Currently, most products for cleaning up oil are single use, and the oil is wasted. One of the most common products is a sorbent boom — a long tube that's thrown on the surface of the water to soak up part of the spill, before being removed to be safely disposed of. It, and other solutions, can be pricey and slow.

Darling and his team tested the sponge at a giant seawater tank at the National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility in New Jersey.

The researchers say it could be used to clean harbors and ports, where diesel and oil can accumulate from ships. They say it could also be adapted to clean different substances, by modifying the type of molecule that grabs onto the dirty substance.

There were 55 oil and gas spills from pipelines in Canada in 2015, according to the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, down from 122 in 2014.

Watch how researchers tested the sponge above.


by on Mar. 18, 2017 at 12:35 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-9):
Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Mar. 18, 2017 at 9:35 AM
1 mom liked this
Wow, great news! I hope they are able to use it in the future. Now we need a way to clean up the plastic islands floating in our oceans!!
anxiousschk
by anxiouss on Mar. 18, 2017 at 10:42 AM
1 mom liked this

*That* is some fascinating stuff.  

Mrs.KAZ
by Silver Member on Mar. 18, 2017 at 10:51 AM
That is awesome, I hope it won't be needed anytime soon though.
anxiousschk
by anxiouss on Mar. 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM
1 mom liked this

Didn't some high schooler invent something that can help with that?? 

Now I'm off to google....

http://inhabitat.com/19-year-old-student-develops-ocean-cleanup-array-that-could-remove-7250000-tons-of-plastic-from-the-worlds-oceans/

Quoting Luvnlogic: Wow, great news! I hope they are able to use it in the future. Now we need a way to clean up the plastic islands floating in our oceans!!


Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Mar. 18, 2017 at 11:05 AM
Awesome! But will that address the huge islands of it? Seems like more for smaller plastics. Which need to be cleaned out, as well. Now let's get all of this stuff into the oceans, peeps!!! Spring cleaning time is here. ☺️

Quoting anxiousschk:

Didn't some high schooler invent something that can help with that?? 

Now I'm off to google....

http://inhabitat.com/19-year-old-student-develops-ocean-cleanup-array-that-could-remove-7250000-tons-of-plastic-from-the-worlds-oceans/

Quoting Luvnlogic: Wow, great news! I hope they are able to use it in the future. Now we need a way to clean up the plastic islands floating in our oceans!!

billsfan1104
by Ruby Member on Mar. 18, 2017 at 11:14 AM
I saw this before too and was facsinated. I saw one too where a kid invented something to also clean the ocean too.
LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Mar. 18, 2017 at 12:40 PM
I fucking love science!
MrsHMS
by Silver Member on Mar. 18, 2017 at 12:59 PM
That would be wonderful.
Sisteract
by Whoopie on Mar. 18, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Great news- those chemicals that they used to "clean" up the Deepwater Horizon spill were just about as caustic as the oil itself.

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)