Oil Gulping Sea Monster!

The Oil Cleaning Guard is designed to contain and prevent the spread of oil while simultaneously cleaning it up. It even signals avians and fish to stay away with a series of light beams. Although it’s not very clear on how it works, the designers say the system performs a filtration process onsite by separating the oil from the water.

Oil Cleaning Guard has won the Lotus Prize this year.

Designers: Hu Tingting, Li Ran, Zhao Xiaoyang & Zhu Yi

9 Comments

  • hkagangungor says:

    good idea.

  • MKR says:

    It’s an interesting design, but there are already quite a few systems out there that do the same thing.

    Most of them eat up 5-digit amounts of oil before needing to unload. That thing doesn’t look like it can hold much.

    They might be able to talk the skimming ship builders into buying the fish/bird warning system though.

  • MKR says:

    It’s an interesting design, but there are already quite a few systems out there that do the same thing.

    Most of them eat up 5-digit amounts of oil before needing to unload. That thing doesn’t look like it can hold much.

    They might be able to talk the skimming ship builders into buying the fish/bird warning system though.

  • I'd say that the Taiwanese A Whale Boat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV1Q5gEraJ0)” target=”_blank”> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV1Q5gEraJ0)” target=”_blank”>(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV1Q5gEraJ0) is a much better oil skimming device due to it's proven form factor and large capacity. There is a reason that watergoing vessels all look pretty much alike. It's unclear how this design fundamentally improves upon relatively simple floating oil containment systems combined with existing skimmer technology.

    Cheers,
    Mike

  • Sue says:

    I wonder about the sea worthiness of this form factor under poor conditions usually associated with wrecking of tankers or simply occurring in high seas. Connecting the units together if rigid will cause problems with again uneven seas or even high amplitude waves. Maybe this is a solution better suited for lagoons or harbours and bays where conditions are much smoother.

    If the sea gull is to scale then this thing is very tiny to serve any useful function maybe a better scale might be helpful.

  • This would be a great idea

  • Alejandro Gomez says:

    Large companies such as BP and others, should have developed such systems capable of neutralizing the effects of these catastrophes! This is necessary!!! Produce now!!!

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