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AUTONOMOUS DRONE TO SUPPORT IN-SITU COMBAT OF OIL SPILLS WITH NATIVE MICROBIAL CONSORTIA WITH BIOREMEDIATION CAPACITY

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SpilLess develops new solutions to tackle with one of the most damaging sources of maritime pollution: oil spills. Solutions are based on the production of native microbial consortia with bioremediation capacity, and the adaptation of unmanned and autonomous vehicles for in-situ release of autochthonous microorganisms (bioaugmentation) and nutrients (biostimulation).

SpilLess aims to implement an innovative ‘laboratory’ (Blue Lab) to support the development of new and viable solutions to tackle with oil spills. It will be implemented in the Atlantic Ocean, with potential for transferability to other regions facing similar challenges.

The solutions, based on native microbial consortia with bioremediation capacity and released by unmanned autonomous vehicles, are environmental-friendly, able to act as fast first line response with low time to reaction and mission costs, set-up holistic pollution combat and provide environmental monitoring.

This initiative involves three scientific partners (CIIMAR, INESC TEC and the University of Vigo) and experienced business tutors from three private companies (ACSM, Biotrend and MARLO). Besides, the R&D team will be advised and mentored by a stakeholder’s platform that includes several public and private entities.

Concrete Application

  • Combat to oil spills in aquatic environments 

  • Bioremediation in aquatic environments

  • Marine environmental protection and monitoring

Market Potential

The solutions address the needs of the following sectors:

  • Offshore oil and gas

  • Maritime transportation

  • Marine waters monitoring

Key Points

  • Production of native microbial consortia with bioremediation capacity

  • Adaptation of unmanned and autonomous vehicles for in-situ release of autochthonous microorganisms and nutrients

  • Fast first line response with low time to reaction and mission costs, complementary to other responses

Sectors

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BLUE BIOTECH
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ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING & OBSERVATION
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ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES & SOLUTIONS
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MARITIME SECURITY, SAFETY & SURVEILLANCE
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OCEAN ROBOTICS

Get in touch

ANDRÉ DIAS
Senior Researcher
andre.dias@inesctec.pt
+351 228 340 554

Sustainable Development Goals

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INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
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LIFE BELOW WATER
14.1. Development of technologies and solutions that enable a better human response to environmental accidents
14.2. Promote the protection, restoration, and the sustainable management of the marine and coastal ecosystems and the marine biodiversity
14.5. Foster the local development of the coastal communities
14.A. Increase the scientific knowledge, develop scientific capacities and transfer marine technology

Company Info

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INESC TEC
Campus da Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto
+351 222 094 000
info@inesctec.pt
www.inesctec.pt

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