Using Magnets to Clean Up Oil Spills
Added Sep 14, 2012 | Rate View top rated
MIT researchers have developed a new technique that could be used to help clean up oil spills. The technology would be an add-on to devices such as skimmers, which only have an oil-recovery efficiency of about 50%. The technique involves mixing water-repellent ferrous nanoparticles with the oil, which could then be separated from the water using magnets. The researchers envision that the process would take place aboard an oil-recovery vessel, to prevent the nanoparticles from contaminating the environment. Afterward, the nanoparticles could be magnetically removed from the oil and reused.
rene57 | commented on September 18, 2012
This idea has already been proposed several years ago.
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