River Cleaning Oil

The River Cleaning team shares one common vision: liquid pollutants threaten rivers as much as solid waste does. It is less noticeable, but no less frequent and insidious. Oil pollution has to be tackled.

To accomplish this mission, we created River Oil: a new and innovative system that can be adapted and scaled in most river environments. River Oil builds upon River Cleaning Plastic’s core principle of retaining solid waste, and removes from the water surface pollutants such as combustion residues, oil debris from roads and drains, industrial waste and, finally, oil spills resulting from the extraction and transportation of hydrocarbons, refueling or vessel accidents.

We have two different devices to tackle different oil pollution-related issues:

River Oil: Absorption Plugin

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We have implemented a plug-in made of highly absorbent sponge-like material in our traditional River Cleaning Plastic device: the modules, spinning by virtue of the water current, can therefore retain liquid surface pollutants and move solid waste simultaneously.

Once the absorption limit is reached, the plug-ins can be removed, cleaned, or replaced individually.
A River Oil system of this type is most suitable for watercourses where leakages of pollutants are frequent but small/medium in magnitude.

River Oil: Full-Filtering

This solution employs a specific device equipped with a turbine structure and small lateral openings that allow surface liquids to enter inside.

When the system is activated, the oily pollutants entering the devices are sucked through a duct located at the bottom. Each device is equipped with its own conduit located below the water level, which also serves as an anchor: the pollutants are sucked by pumps through the central manifold and transported to a water treatment plant located on the river bank.

Thanks to its suction principle, this River Oil system can handle higher quantities of pollutants.

It is designed as a preventive measure for large waterways or where the risk of spills is most significant. It can normally be kept on standby (can be used for solid waste removal if necessary) and activated in case of accidents.