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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

In Turkey filed a patent application for an oil sorbent made from eggplant flour

Students air of the Lyceum of the Bursa province in Turkey has developed a new method for cleaning oil spills at sea. According to Anatolian Agency, they found that flour from the eggplant better tools available on the market cope with this task.

Students engaged in research in cooperation with three local universities. Dried and chopped eggplant in a packaging resembling a sponge to wash the dishes, rush to the water with oil stains. According to the test results, this tool absorbs oil and petroleum products in 18 times its weight. As noted by one of the authors of the know-how he Demirdash, “the degree of absorption of funds that are on the market, reaching a maximum of 16 times”. “They are five times more expensive than our invention. Now means are used or specific absorption barriers or chemicals in pellets. But their disadvantage is that they are unsuitable for re-use. There is a special sponge with sorbent”, he said.

Demirtas expressed the hope that through the flour of the eggplant will be able to remove from the market competitors. “So far, our main competitor are those sponges with the sorbent. They are thrown on the surface of the water and then wring out the collected oil. But our invention is much cheaper, it absorbs more pollution and can be used again”, he said.

According to reports, a ton of traditional sorbent cost almost $11 thousand, and a ton of “aubergine jaws” is only $2.5 thousand. Laboratory studies have shown the promising use of flour from the eggplant in the elimination of various contaminants in the water, and the inventors have already completed the first stage of obtaining national patent for it.

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