Tuesday 31 May 2011
A new use for wool
Italian inventors have designed a machine that uses wool to mop up oil spills.
The device attaches to ships, and is similar to machines already used in wool manufacturing.
It can carry 10,000 kilos of wool, enough to mop up a million litres of oil.
Co-inventor Mario Plomer says coarse, greasy wool is the most effective to pick up the oil.
"When you squeeze this wool, this wool is relieving the oil and is ready again to absorb the same quantity for many times," he said.
"So every kilo is able to collect 100 litres of oil from the water."
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