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New Solutions For Blowouts In Oil Wells & Clean Up

It is said “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” right now It is “The Oil Spill”. Since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill hit front pages the World Wide Web has been brimming with “Inventions” which would work better than the ones BP is out working on via trial and error. Good meaning people and the ones out to make a quick buck have been flooding youtube with ways to clean up the oil spill. On the web I have seen a guy using hay as the simplest solution and another saying dog hair etc etc… all of these experiments look like they work, but the sheer volume of oil needing clean up and the amount of hay, hair et al which would be needed to clean up all this oil!!At the same time there are some products which seem legit which I don’t know whether they are being used for e.g. A Peat Moss based product which was also covered by cnbc the other day, check this link

Today I read an article on the Nasa tech Briefs Magazine about The Create the Future Design Contest which was launched in 2002 to find the latest product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs and students world wide. The 2010 contest has a lot of very interesting products and because of the interest in what can be done to cap the oil spill under 5000 feet of water I zeroed in on these products;

1. George Karpati an Engineer from Horsham Pennsylvania  came up with a product called The Solution for blowouts in Oil wells!

The Solution for Blowouts in Oil Wells as the name suggests is supposed to do just that, it plugs the leaking pipe. George says all one needs to do is think outside the box. He says one solution to most underwater oil blowouts is to integrate two existing technologies such as the remotely piloted underwater vehicle and a retention clamp. With the integration of both technologies, the clamp embedded on the remote controlled vehicle can maneuver to the broken pipe and clamp over the leakage controlling the oil spill. He has taken into account different sizes of the pipes, strength of flow etc… Sounds very promising.
The picture below is a diagram of the product source http://www.contest.techbriefs.com
Read the details about the product and check it out at the Link to the Source for the pictures and details.

2. Open Water Containment Barricade – Created by John Nagle an Engineer from Cedar Park Texas is similar to the boom being used, but with provisions to keep the oil in check by weighing it down with a ballast attached to a hanging curtain like structure with excess material to keep the spill contained for siphoning.

Check out details about this product here

Until we reach a stage where we either run out of oil or decide enough is enough these kind of catastrophe’s will be literally around the corner… Hope for a better tomorrow and work for a Green future for the coming generations…
……………………………………………………………………………………………BP Updates on June 3rd 2010…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

BP was able to cute the pipe and now they are close to attaching a cap to the cut pipe. They are not sure it will stop the spill, but say it will collect oil (how much it will collect we will be able to know only once it is fitted). Keeping track below