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HIGH TECH OIL SPILL SOLUTION: oil busting robots

Posted By Cate Trotter On June 16, 2008 @ 4:45 pm In Disaster-proof design,green gadgets,Water Issues | 5 Comments

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The OSP robot is an ingenious solution to something that has devastling effects on wildlife and the environment [2]: oil spills. The faster a spill can be dealt with – the better the outcome. With this in mind, product designer Ji-hoon Kim has come up with a set of modular oil-cleaning robots that can be quickly transported to the scene of an oil spill by helicopter or boat. Once deployed, the little oil-busting robots connect and contain the spill with an inflatable barrier, after which point cleanup teams can come in and manage a less severe disaster.

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Currently a concept design, Kim says the clean up OSP Units are powered using built-in solar panels [3], and controlled using algorithms. With oil spills having negative effects – even in proportions as low as one part per billion – on the organ function of seabirds and marine animals, and harming estuaries and shoreline ecosystems [2], any effective solution is fantastic.

Via Yanko Design [4]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/16/high-tech-oil-spill-solution-ji-hoon-kim/

[2] devastling effects on wildlife and the environment: http://www.amsa.gov.au/marine_environment_protection/educational_resources_and_information/teachers/the_effects_of_oil_on_wildlife.asp

[3] built-in solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/12/solar-harvesting-textiles-energize-soft-house/

[4] Yanko Design: http://www.yankodesign.com/index.php/2008/03/04/roomba-watch-out/

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