Abanaki Corporation reports that its Fuzzy2 oil skimmer material has been at work on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for 38 days and is exceeding expectations by recovering up to 385 gallons of oil per minute from the water’s surface, more than three times the capacity of ordinary skimmer material.
Abanaki’s Fuzzy2 material is attached to the surface of 30-inch diameter skimming disks on a floating skimmer made by Crucial Inc. of Gretna, Louisiana. Crucial has tested the material in front of oil clean-up experts, and the company expects to see an increase in orders for its disk skimmer equipment.
A disk skimmer uses a rotating disk to remove oil from water. Oleophilic (oil attracting) material collects oil as the disk passes through the water, and wiper blades scrape off the oil for collection. Unlike other skimmer disk materials, Fuzzy2 has a hairy surface that greatly increases its surface area, making it more effective at removing oil floating on the surface of the gulf.
A mile below the water surface, the Deepwater Horizon oil well has spewed oil following an explosion. The spill has exceeded the Exxon Valdez as the worst spill in U.S. history.