Oil Recovery and Water Testing

Starting with the BP Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil-spill crisis in 2010, AquaFlex oil recovery products have been deployed in more than 60 major water disasters around the globe.

AquaFlex has several distinct advantages over traditional oil-spill, sorbent pads and floating booms. The polypropylene products have several limitations such as the need for calm seas. Waves, harbor-chop or currents can carry oil over and under traditional booms. These older technologies also have limited absorption capacity and are typically single-use. When they get “oiled” they can no longer absorb, and they soak up vast amounts of water with the oil, which makes them unnecessarily heavy and causes them to sink in the water. This increases the cost of disposal, as most landfills charge by the pound and are reluctant to accept toxic substances.

AquaFlex Oil Recovery solutions are not only different but game changing.
The AquaFlex Open-Cell foam does not absorb water. It absorbs oil and chemicals into the Open-Cell capillary network while repelling water thereby allowing water to pass through. The buoyant foam material is 70-percent lighter than conventional booms. Less than 12 feet of AquaFlex Open-Cell foam can absorb/detect more than 60 pounds of oil. Unlike conventional sorbents, even at full saturation with oil and chemicals AquaFlex products will not sink.

Oil can be wrung out of the AquaFlex Open-Cell foam, where it can be collected and sent to refineries for reuse. After the wringing process, the AquaFlex foam can be redeployed, and it can be reused up to 100 times. After extensive reuse, the bio-degradable foam can be safely disposed of.

Read a Testimonial From BP

Read Endorsements from the American Petroleum Institute (API) and BP

AquaFlex Oil Recovery solutions offer a more effective – and more efficient oil recovery system.

History of AquaFlex and overview of technology as deployed in the real world

AquaFlex Open-Cell foam for simultaneous detection/removal of oil and chemicals form water as tested at the United States’ Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) OHMSETT testing facility

Biotechnology and Medical/Drug Delivery

For the same reasons that AquaFlex Open-Cell foam technology absorbs oil and contaminants into its Open-Cell capillary network, it also is used in medical applications to neutralize the harmful and potentially fatal effects from exposure to chemicals like Sarin gas in terrorist attacks.

The threat is real.

RSDL removes or neutralizes chemical warfare agents (CWAs) from the skin.

The volume of RSDL lotion within each 21 mL packet is enough to decontaminate the average equivalent of the hands, neck, face, and inside surface of a respirator, if you are wearing one. Blue packets are for demonstration purposes only. Green packets contain active ingredients. Do not use green packet unless suspected exposure to a CWA has occurred.

RSDL Removes or neutralizes known chemical warfare agents from the skin.
  • Tabun
  • Sarin
  • Soman
  • Cyclohexyl Sarin
  • VX
  • HD (Mustard)
  • T2 Toxin

Although soap and a large amount of water may be effective in physically removing CWAs, they do not neutralize CWAs. Soap and water can increase dermal absorption of mustard agents and can result in contaminated runoff that can affect others.

Procured or Recognized by:/Certified by:
  • US Department of Homeland Security, SAFETY Act
  • US Department of Defense
  • Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
  • Other military services since 2002

The end user for this Open-Cell foam specialized medical application is Emergent BioSolutions (NYSE: stock symbol EBS)

Read technical information as prepared and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, detailing how this technology works