November 17, 2010
I've heard of a company making a vacuum cleaner from ocean plastic but not a realistic way to actually vacuum oil out of the ocean. A group of Norwegian grad students appears to have figured out a way to do it using a handheld device they invented.
I like that the device, which is called MOSE for "Mechanical Oil spill Sanitation Equipment", can also effectively scrub down oil-covered surfaces while it deals with the absorbent material. Perhaps this is precisely the device for the super material invented by nonwoven technologies professor Seshadri Ramkumar at Texas Tech University. His highly-aborbent biodegradable material is made from raw cotton with an activated carbon core to lock in mousse-like oil from spills.