Updated: Jan 23
In this current time, when Mcrobial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR) is what all are looking for, there is still need for crude oil bioremediation to clean spillage at sea and on soil. The oil spill disasters such as Deepwater Horizon disaster has altered the ocean life and measures are being taken to find a way to clean out crude oil spills, which could have long lasting impact. Reference: The Guardian, Oliver Milman, 28th June 2018, “Deepwater Horizon disaster altered building blocks of ocean life”.
Its just not about major oil spill accidents but the fact that oil spillages do keep happening in sea and soil during transportation and handling. There have been numerous methods employed to cleanup crude oil spills but there is a need for a product which not only bioremediates crude oil spills but also eco-friendly.
Current technologies include Chemical methods such as using dispersants, sorbents, solidifiers, Mechanical methods such as skimmers and booms, Biological methods involving Biostimulation and Bioaugmentation approaches.
We have developed a Bioremediation product keeping in mind that we need to have a solution which is eco-friendly and not just biodegrades the crude oil spills. Various parameters were chosen to find a natural product from the environment and we did land up finding a consortium which met all the criterions for being eco-friendly and an efficient degrader of crude oil spills in short durations, in the presence of other carbon sources.
This is a patented technology and we are working towards Technology Sale (B2B) for this product.
Bioremediation Technology & Services Market to Reach US$65.7 Bn by 2025, Globally: Transparency Market Research. Reference: PRNewswire, New York, 9th January, 2018. Of this, products for bioremediating crude oil spills has a substantial portion.
A consortium of bacteria which efficiently degrade the crude oil spillage and are eco-friendly was developed.