PPR

Competition Results: 
Combined MEAN ORR Combined MEAN ORE CALM MEAN ORR CALM MEAN ORE WAVE MEAN ORR WAVE MEAN ORE
962 92.1% 1045 96.9% 878* 87.3%

ORR = Oil recovery rate in gallons per minute
ORE = Oil recover efficiency in percentage of oil to water collected
* Non-qualifying as no 3 runs within 20% of mean; full competition results available here

Team Leader Bio: 
Rich has been involved in the marine business for 30 years, with experience in legal, operations, and risk management. Rich is currently a commercial marine insurance broker with a broad base of clients, as well as his executive duties with PPR. Rich has a JD from University of Washington (1987), along with a BA in 1983.
Team Story: 

The PPR open water skimming system is a long standing concept of PPR Co founder Kevin Kennedy, and was built to respond to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. This competition is an exciting opportunity for us to demonstrate and prove our design.

Technology: 
The PPR open water skimming system is based on materials and technology currently in use in other maritime applications. It is extremely robust, scalable and capable of high recovery and continuous operation. It can be deployed and operated simply, and its use will be understandable to the industry.
Team Quote: 
"Production from subsea oilfields will continue to expand. Conversely, clean up technology has not kept pace. Like an army ready to fight its last war, we are constantly ready to clean up the last spill. The current cleanup technology and systems were developed largely in response to the Exxon Valdez disaster from 25 years ago. The Deep Water Horizon event showed that those systems were not up to the task. But, the regulatory environment makes the development, testing and approval of any new technology difficult and costly. The Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE is providing an opportunity for the review and testing of new technology and ideas outside of the normal channels. PPR is excited to take part in what should be a significant step forward in open water oil recovery to the benefit of all."
Team Leader: 
Rich Morgan
Team Location: 
USA (WA)
Team Members: 
Kevin Kennedy - Co founder - Technical Leader
Bruce Thiffault - Co founder - Business Development/Administration
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