Graphene-based mobile system launched for water contamination emergencies

Graphene company Directa Plus has sold three of its recently launched graphene-based systems for tackling environmental emergencies, such as oil spills...

Content Dam Ww Online Articles 2016 01 Mdu

Content Dam Ww Online Articles 2016 01 Mdu

Graphene company Directa Plus has sold three of its recently launched graphene-based systems for tackling environmental emergencies, such as oil spills.

Called the Grafysorber™ Decontamination Unit, the mobile technology contains a “plasma machine that is able to produce on site all the Grafysorber needed to clean up water contaminated with the harmful hydrocarbons contained in oil spills”, the company said.

Italian company Biocart S.r.l., involved in the research, development and industrialisation of solutions for materials and solutions for the mitigation of natural disasters and environmental remediation, has purchased the first three mobile units.

During 2015, two industrial remediation activities have been carried out with Grafysorber, treating approximately 35,000 cubic metres of water contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons.

Less than 5g/m3 of Grafysorber were able to remove the hydrocarbon contaminants, reducing the concentration from 550mg/l to a level of approximately 0.5mg/l.

Grafysorber has received approval from the Ministry of Environment in Italy and in Romania, the company said in statement.

Giulio Cesareo, CEO of Directa Plus, said: “Due to the mobile nature of the unit, it can be stored nearer to an area where an event may occur, thereby reducing the time and costs ordinarily associated with the transportation of a solution.”

Directa Plus was founded in the US in 2005 but today is headquartered in Italy.

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