|Combined MEAN ORR||Combined MEAN ORE||CALM MEAN ORR||CALM MEAN ORE||WAVE MEAN ORR||WAVE MEAN ORE||2269||57.3%||3014||72.1%||1525||42.5%|
ORR = Oil recovery rate in gallons per minute
ORE = Oil recover efficiency in percentage of oil to water collected
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The vision came to life in 2007 when news of the Pacific Garbage Patch reached new heights in exposing and addressing the harmful effects of marine debris in the world's gyres to the sea life, eco-systems and ultimately to our food chain.
The drive behind our passion was to create a shift through technological ideas and innovations to inspire the development of technology aimed to rehabilitate and protect our oceans and waterways. Environmental institutions, universities, private sector investors etc… have spent millions of dollars and resources in studying the ocean floor and animal research, though few have put the same efforts towards developing technologies and processes to clean and remediate our oceans from trash and toxic pollutants. "Innovation through Inspiration" soon became our slogan, as we began to take ingenuity to new levels by harnessing one's artistic ability matched with engineering and vision, to pioneer new ways in developing technologies in approaching one of the oceans' uncharted and unsolved problems: marine pollution.
Our first innovation intended to capture marine plastics was dubbed the Marine Particle Skimmer (MPS) system. A passive and environmentally safe system which, in farms, collects small, hazardous plastic particles from the open ocean to be recycled into raw materials. The MPS system also evolved into a system that could collect various sizes of particles from larger debris to fine micro-pollution. With Ashley's vast network of key individuals throughout the recycling and manufacturing industries, he was able to spread the word of the MPS system in the attempt develop it into a successful operation. During this time of networking BP had its unfortunate accident, which not only caused an immeasurable amount of damage but also attracted attention to the MPS project for its potential ability to collect oil. After being questioned on the MPS' ability to possibly help in situations such as spills, the team immediately got to work to modify the MPS to work in an open water scenario
For high efficiency, low environmental impact surface collection. Thus the Emergency Extraction Line (EEL) system was born. Since then, the EEL project has taken the lead in our design process and has itself evolved into an immediate response system that we believe has the potential to dwarf all other oil spill response systems in the categories of response time, capture rate and versatility.
All of our financial backing and funding through this entire project has been entirely done on our own, though we are currently seeking outside investment. We are very excited for the chance to be able to test our system in the X PRIZE arena and gain considerable exposure for our technology as this opportunity will allow us to prove once again that with creativity, environmental passion and hard work, anyone can succeed.
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