Presentation Title

Smart Skimmer to Efficiently Clean Oil Spills and Improve Environment Health

Faculty Mentor

Sagil James

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

155

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

It is estimated that 137 oil spills occurred in the United States in 2018. Methods of oil extraction are currently limited and expensive. This project aims to solve this problem by improving existing technology, making it more cost-effective, efficient, and environmentally conscious. This project utilizes a medium-sized surface skimmer to collect and store spilled oil in various bodies of water. The spilled oil is dumped into a receptacle, which is then emptied as needed. The surface skimmer is powered through multiple renewable energy sources including solar and wind energies. The skimmer is connected to a pontoon-like floating device that is controlled remotely. It allows the user to actively target problematic areas which have a higher volume of oil spillage. In the current market, all of these skimmer implementations are stationary, and may only collect the oil around it in a short radius. Being able to move the unit around conveniently will vastly improve clean up time, and allow the unit to reach areas that are otherwise difficult to clean. This efficiency improvement means less ocean life affected by dangerous chemicals for extended durations of time. Alongside sea animals, humans would also benefit from this technology and be able to return to a safe environment with clean water. The primary components of this device are fabricated through the 3D printing technology, which helps reduce overall cost and maintain a lightweight structure. The project also uses recyclable materials to decrease the environmental impact further and increase the sustainability of the project. The outcomes of this project are crucial in our efforts to aid in the removal of pollutants from bodies of water such as oceans and lakes. A top priority is to recover the affected environment to an acceptable level of normalcy.

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Smart Skimmer to Efficiently Clean Oil Spills and Improve Environment Health

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It is estimated that 137 oil spills occurred in the United States in 2018. Methods of oil extraction are currently limited and expensive. This project aims to solve this problem by improving existing technology, making it more cost-effective, efficient, and environmentally conscious. This project utilizes a medium-sized surface skimmer to collect and store spilled oil in various bodies of water. The spilled oil is dumped into a receptacle, which is then emptied as needed. The surface skimmer is powered through multiple renewable energy sources including solar and wind energies. The skimmer is connected to a pontoon-like floating device that is controlled remotely. It allows the user to actively target problematic areas which have a higher volume of oil spillage. In the current market, all of these skimmer implementations are stationary, and may only collect the oil around it in a short radius. Being able to move the unit around conveniently will vastly improve clean up time, and allow the unit to reach areas that are otherwise difficult to clean. This efficiency improvement means less ocean life affected by dangerous chemicals for extended durations of time. Alongside sea animals, humans would also benefit from this technology and be able to return to a safe environment with clean water. The primary components of this device are fabricated through the 3D printing technology, which helps reduce overall cost and maintain a lightweight structure. The project also uses recyclable materials to decrease the environmental impact further and increase the sustainability of the project. The outcomes of this project are crucial in our efforts to aid in the removal of pollutants from bodies of water such as oceans and lakes. A top priority is to recover the affected environment to an acceptable level of normalcy.