Log 9 Spill Containment, an Indian clean-tech startup, provided graphene-infused Sorbene pads to help clean up a more than 1,000-ton oil spill off the coast of the island nation of Mauritius. The spill happened when a boat ran into a reef off the coastline in late July, prompting concerns of a global environmental disaster as the spill threatens the delicate reef ecosystem and that of nearby wetlands
India sprung into action to assist Mauritius, sending over 30 tonnes of equipment including 10,000 units of the graphene absorbent pads. Log 9 Spill Containment CEO Dhananjay Sharma told India Times the pads are able to absorb a great deal of oil and can be reused 6-7 times to maximize their effectiveness.
The pads are highly elastic and hydrophobic, and can hold up to 86 times their weight, which reduces the number of pads needed and should increase their overall effectiveness in cleaning up the massive spill in the Indian Ocean.
“Spills like these destroy the marine ecosystem and leave a clean-up process that can take up to decades. Innovative technologies and products that reduce the response time and resources required are needed for a more effective cleanup process.