In 2010 the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Coast guard and BP Oil company invited Unirem Incorporated, the manufacturer of Nanobite Powder, to do an encapsulation test on crude oil polluted waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Nanobite Powder is the European trade name for a bio-remediation accelerator known in the USA as PRP (Petroleum Remediation Product). Nanobite Powder was developed by NASA scientists and is an award winning product. It is made from powdered bees wax spheres, and is designed to absorb and remediate spilled oil, diesel and petrol on water and on land.
Gulf of Mexico 2010 – A test demonstrates oil contaminated water, treated with Nanobite Powder, can be filtered and consumed!
When applied to an oil spill on water, Nanobite powder bonds with the hydrocarbon on the surface of the water. Nanobite Powder consists of tiny spheres of treated bees wax, which contain nutrients. When a wax sphere comes in contact with spilled oil, it “binds” with or “encapsulates” the hydrocarbons on the surface of the water, and does not allow them to sink no matter what the weather conditions. Nutrients in the bees wax sphere help micro-organisms (microbes) from the immediate environment to grow very rapidly in number – a greenhouse effect. The motion on the surface of the water creates the optimum conditions for microbes, trapped in the matrix, to start the bio-remediation process. The microbes multiply very rapidly in the matrix – a greenhouse effect – rapidly eating the hydrocarbon until it is all gone. These microbes eat every droplet of the hydrocarbons, breaking them down into the constituent parts – CO2 (carbon dioxide) and H2O (water).
The matrix with the hydrocarbon inside will continue to work until all of the diesel has been remediated. Nanobite Powder will absorb and remediate, over time, more than 20 times its weight in hydrocarbons. The bonded compound can be gathered up from the surface of the water and allowed to remediate on shore, or continue to bioremediate at sea. Depending on the type of oil this process can take from 12 to 36 hours.
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