OilWhale

Competition Results: 
Combined MEAN ORR Combined MEAN ORE CALM MEAN ORR CALM MEAN ORE WAVE MEAN ORR WAVE MEAN ORE
1021 42.8% 1557 44.6% 485 41%

ORR = Oil recovery rate in gallons per minute
ORE = Oil recover efficiency in percentage of oil to water collected
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Team Leader Bio: 
Entrepreneur, retired police inspector. Ten years of experience in the field of environmental innovations and inventions. Six patented innovations including among others an U.S. patent for OilWhale.
Team Story: 

The team has worked on the OilWhale project for four years, developing and testing the method, and building the prototype of the model. The team has gained international experience at several international conferences and exhibitions including IOSC 2008 in USA, InterSpill 2009 in France and other events in UK, Dubai, Norway and Russia.

Technology: 
OilWhale is a unique recovery method. Material properties like viscosity, temperature, pumpability or stiffness does not prevent the procedure of functioning nor decrease its performance. OilWhale can operate at remarkable higher speeds than traditional methods and it has a high recovery capacity and efficiency.
Team Quote: 
"Disasters like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico indicated that there is no appropriate equipment for collecting oil in challenging environments like high seas. The Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE is important because it is a significant step toward finding a solution that is both effective and environmentally sustainable."
Team Leader: 
Markku Järvinen
Team Location: 
Finland
Team Members: 
Markku Lehtinen
Heikki Järvinen
Sampsa Veijalainen
Aki Veijalainen
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