Market - The clean-up cost of an oil spill depends on multiple factors and is difficult to accurately assess.1 However, the latest large-scale oil spill – the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 – is estimated to have a cost a total of approximately US$40 billion.2
Challenge – Grafysorber® can be used in ecologic adsorbent containment systems such as barriers or with high adsorption capacity for oil spill clean-up activities.
Product – Super-expanded graphite (Grafysorber®), usable as loose material or within booms.
Application – “GEnIuS project” (Graphene Eco Innovative Sorbent): first application and market replication projects co-funded by the European Union.
1 Montewka et al. 2013
2 Environmental Research Consulting, US Department of the Interior, Citigroup, BP, The Economist