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Researchers has developed Oilzapper, after seven years of research which is a cocktail of five different bacterial strains that are immobilized and mixed with a carrier material (powered corncob).

Oilzapper feeds on hydrocarbon compounds present in crude oil and oily sludge and converts them into harmless CO2 and water. The oilzapper is neatly packed into sterile polythene bags and sealed aseptically foe safe transportation. Scientifically this process is known as Bioremediation.

Oilzapper’s uniqueness lies in the bio-friendly manner in which it detoxifies oily sludges and cleans up oil slicks. When an oil spill occurs at sea, oil floats above water since it is lighter. It therefore catches fire swiftly, endangering the ecosystem for all times. Oil spills on land too cause fire hazards and pollute groundwater and air.

·         With Oilzapper, a contamination of 20% (say, 200 grams per kilogram of oil) can be taken care of in two months.

·         Among all the other advantages these technologies offer, two crucial ones stand out. First, both Oilzapper and Oilivorous-S can be used in site, thereby eliminating the need to transfer large quantities of contaminated waste from the site, a process that poses more threats to the environment.

·         Secondly, the solution is complete in itself contaminants are not merely transferred from one environmental medium to another (from water to air or land) but destroyed.

·         Moreover, bioremediation is far more cost-effective than other technologies used to clean up hazardous waste Oilzapper/Oilivorous-S work out 30% cheaper than the conventional physico-chemical treatments.

 

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Source: teriin.org