Gallery: Groundbreaking Elastec Oil Skimmer Awarded $1 Million in Oil C...


When BP’s Deepwater Horizon well started gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it soon became clear that neither BP nor the US government were equipped to deal with such a disaster. Next time (sadly, there almost certainly will be a next time), that hopefully won’t be the case – a company from Illinois won the top prize at the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge last week for producing a revolutionary machine that skims oil out of water four times faster than the previous industry standard. Team Elastec/American Marine took home a $1 million prize for the oil skimmer, which uses a series of grooved plastic discs with a scraper at the top to separate oil from water.

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  1. Anne Lawrence January 22, 2014 at 11:40 am

    It\’s amazing how far technology has come! I really hope they keep improving so that one day, there will be something that will remove the pollution from the air! I hate winter not only for the cold weather, but the terrible air quality!

  2. caeman October 20, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Simple, elegant, efficient. That is some cool science behind why it works.

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