Lincoln, California -- Mobius Technologies, a small US company from California, is claiming that its ground-up recycled polyurethane powder can provide a solution to the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to its website, Mobius grinds PU foam from car seats and other sources to create micronised polyurethane powder (MPP). Mobius, which has a letter of approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency on its website classifying the company's Eco-MPU as a "sorbent" under the Code of Federal Regulations of the National Contingency Plan, has uploaded a number of demonstration videos to its website.
Mobius says on its website that MPU "prevents oil emulsification and can absorb oil in any state, including emulsified."
When MPP is applied to oil, Mobius claims, it absorbs all the oil to form an easily removable cake layer that will constantly float on the surface of the water without absorbing any water.
Local news reports cited Mobius manager, Brian Hennessy, as saying the company has 2 million lb (907 tonnes) of MPP in its warehouses that could reach the gulf within five days. That amount would soak up about 1 million gallons of oil - or roughly 25 000 barrels, the reports cited Hennessy as saying.
There is currently no sign that BP is interested in the technology. (RD)
PIC: Eco-MPU under a microscope.