CLEVELAND, Ohio — June 10, 2010 —Abanaki Corporation reports that its patent-pending Fuzzy2™ oil skimmer material has been at work on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for 38 days and is exceeding expectations by recovering up to 385 gallons of oil per minute from the water’s surface, more than three times the capacity of ordinary skimmer material.
Abanaki’s Fuzzy2 material is attached to the surface of 30-inch diameter skimming disks on a floating skimmer made by CRUCIAL Inc. of Gretna, Louisiana. CRUCIAL has tested the material in front of oil clean-up experts, and the company expects to see an increase in orders for its disk skimmer equipment.
A disk skimmer uses a rotating disk to remove oil from water. Oleophilic (oil attracting) material collects oil as the disk passes through the water, and wiper blades scrape off the oil for collection. Unlike other skimmer disk materials, Fuzzy2 has a hairy surface that greatly increases its surface area, making it more effective at removing oil floating on the surface of the gulf. According to Tom Hobson President of Abanaki “The beauty of the Fuzzy2 is that it can be retrofitted to virtually any brand of drum or disk type skimmer out there, making it possible for existing skimmers to triple their pickup rate”.
A mile below the water surface, the Deepwater Horizon oil well has spewed oil following an explosion. The spill has exceeded the Exxon Valdez as the worst spill in U.S. history.
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About Abanaki Corporation: Abanaki, the world leader in oil skimmer products, manufactures a wide range of products to remove oils, greases, solvents, and related hydrocarbons from water. Belt and Tube skimmer models are available with removal rates ranging from 1 to 200 gallons per hour in both stationary and portable systems. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Abanaki has served a global customer base in industries as diverse as iron and steel, wastewater, paper, food processing, automotive, environmental remediation and recycling for more than 40 years. Today, under the corporate motto “Clean Our World TM,” Abanaki continues to address pollution in industry through innovation, customer commitment, and environmental stewardship within its own operations.