A $1.4M COMPETITION TO IMPROVE CRUDE OIL CLEAN UP FROM THE OCEAN'S SURFACE.
In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon crisis, The Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE was designed to inspire innovative solutions to speed the pace of seawater surface oil recovery resulting from platform, tanker and other industry spillage. At an October 11, 2011 demonstration and award ceremony, the winning team celebrated their victory after quadrupling the current industry rate of surface oil recovery.Learn more about the competition
Fred Giovannitti is that rarity: a man who divides his time between two extremely disparate careers.
The winning team?s tale and the Oil Cleanup X Challenge underscore how far behind major sectors of the global economy and global infrastructure remain.
A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water's surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn't developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies ? it's the work of Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois.