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Wendy Schmidt

"We need to come up with better solutions to capture oil on the surface of the ocean and to minimize the harm it causes to marine life, coastal wetlands, beaches, and to our livelihoods. It's a harm that can last for generations.” - Wendy Schmidt

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About the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE

Recap of the Competition

The Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE was a $1.4 million competition designed to inspire a new generation of innovative solutions to speed the pace of cleaning up seawater surface oil resulting from spillage from ocean platforms, tankers, and other sources. This one-year competition culminated in the fall of 2011, with competitive demonstrations taking place at OHMSETT, the National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility.

The cash purse was awarded to two teams that demonstrated the ability to recover oil on the sea surface at the highest Oil Recovery Rate (ORR) of over 2,500 GPM with an Oil Recovery Efficiency (ORE) of more than 70%. The first place winner, Team Elastec / American Marine, received $1 million for accomplishing a cleanup rate exceeding three times the industry’s previously recorded best cleanup rate.

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Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE Winners

First Place
$1 Million Winner
Elastec / American Marine
Second Place
$300,000 Winner
NOFI