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Oleo Sponge Soaks Up Oil Spills From Water

When oil is spilled into the ocean, clean up efforts can focus on the surface, where much of it gathers.

That can be difficult when a spill occurs in the middle of the ocean and crews can’t reach the area until hours after the oil has started to spread and sink deeper into the water.Argonne National Laboratory researchers have invented a technology for recovering oil and refined petroleum products from bodies of water.

Oleo Sponge offers several key advantages over the technologies and techniques that are currently used to combat this problem.


The researchers suspended their sponge-filled bags from a bridge over a large pool specially designed for practising emergency responses to oil spills.