Gallery: MIT Develops a Way to Magnetically Separate Oil From Water

 
2010/119 - 04/29 at 16 :48 UTC Oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico (Input Direct Broadcast data courtesy Direct Readout Lab, NASA/GSFC) Satellite: Terra NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team To learn more about MODIS go to: rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?latest NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.

In the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill we explored several innovative methods to separate oil from water. Now a team from MIT has developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water that could be used to clean up oil spills in the future. The method is said to be so efficient that the recovered oil can even be reused to offset the cost of the clean-up.

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  1. Sarah Greene September 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    It’ll never be used, though, because oil companies don’t want anyone to be able to measure the amount of oil that is spilled. They have to pay reparations based on the amount of oil that is spilled. So instead of using methods that actually work, they will continue to use dispersants, which only hid the oil, but don’t really clean it up.

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