NASA Spinoff Database: Oil Spill Cleanup

NASA Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Release Year: 1994
Reference Number: MSFC-SO-147
Category: Environment And Resource Management
Origin: Incorporates Technology Related To Fabrication of Micro Capsules

Petroleum Remediation Product (PRP) is a new way of cleaning up oil spills. It consists of thousands of microcapsules, tiny balls of beeswax with hollow centers, containing live microorganisms and nutrients to sustain them. As oil flows through the microcapsule's shell, it is consumed and digested by the microorganisms. Pressure buildup causes the PRP to explode and the enzymes, carbon dioxide and water are released into the BioBoom used in conjunction with PRP, preventing contaminated water from spreading. The system incorporates technology originally developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Marshall Space Flight Center.

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Page Number in Published book: 61
Manufacturer: PETROL REM, INC. BLDG. 2500

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