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article imageNonwoven textile developed to cleanup BP oil spill

By Vilma Cajigas     Jun 24, 2010 in Environment
European high-tech textile manufacturing companies have developed a non-woven textile to reportedly clean up BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico.
HeiQ Materials AG - a Swiss high-tech research and development textile manufacturer, in collaboration with TWE - world’s leading producer of non-wovens, based in Germany - developed Oilguard, an oil-absorbing nonwoven fabric designed to absorb oil while repelling water.
As reported by AOL News,
“In their swiss lab, company representatives demonstrated on Swiss Television how the product can soak the oil out of saltwater and even protect sand from the deposit of oil through wave action.”
“Based on our previous product development work on super hydrophobic technologies for textiles, we have a unique know-how and understanding which we have now been able to rapidly turn into a product, Oilguard, that can play a role in helping to mitigate the serious problem in the Gulf of Mexico,” said CEO of HeiQ Carlo Centonze. “We are pleased to be able to assist with our know-how and technologies for a crucial cause like this.”
Stepping up development of the nonwoven textile, a deployment test of Oilguard is expected within the next few weeks.
“We have received significant interest and support from US federal and political channels and we also seek to engage state authorities, local groups and NGOs to participate in this challenging beach rescue project,” said Carlo Centonze.
Production capacity of Oilguard is currently at 20 miles per day with the fabric stretching six yards wide and hundreds of miles long.
“We are in the unique position that we are set-up to deliver large quantities of the Oilguard nonwoven fabric in virtually no time to any region in need for it,” said CEO of TWE Jorg Ortmeier.
With thousands of gallons of oil already severely polluting the Gulf beaches, the cost associated with the cleanup effort is no doubt monumental. Given the extent of damage, no one approach is capable of fully protecting against the record breaking oil contamination seriously effecting gulf businesses, wildlife and the ecosystem.
Although there is no one solution, HeiQ Head of Marketing and Sales Kristofer Skantze is confident that their product will be potentially less costly.
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