Spill absorbents are very critical products in the fight against spills and environmental pollution.
We, from Wolftank Adisa, interviewed our internal spill absorbent specialist and asked some questions about our newest market innovation in the spill prevention, Mr. Haluk Ilhan.
Mr. Haluk Ilhan please tell us a few words about the Wolftank Adisa products for spill absorbents.
Spill absorbents, in general, are products which prevent environmental contamination by absorbing and recovering spilled liquids.
What can we expect from Wolftank Adisa spill absorbents?
Depending on which liquid needs to be contained, we offer several spill absorbents kits with the following characteristics:
- 100% eco-friendly
- Made out of natural fibres with nano reinforcement
- Hyrofobic Oil-only absorbing fiber technology which do not contain water
- Recovery machine to recover up to 99% of spilled liquids to sell them again
- Absorbent pillows and booms to be used at 3-4 times
- Fast absorption with lower disposal cost
Which products can be absorbed?
Fuels, Petrol, Diesel, Water, Mineral Oil, Hydrocarbon solvents, Coolants, Paints, Alcohols, Dilute Alkalis and Agricultural chemicals. We have also customers using it in the pharmaceutical and food industry and for emergency spills, e.g. the absorption of blood.
What are natural fibres with nano reinforcement?
Nanofillers, such as our nano reinforcements are mainly used because of their cost-effectiveness, biodegradability, lower weight, good mechanical properties and sustainability. Currently, these so-called Nanofillers are the latest available improvement in material science and bring a huge improvement for this sector.
This technology enables us not only to more effectively produce our spill absorbents but also highly increase the absorption process: 1 gram of normal filler absorbs up to 14 gram spill liquids, 1 gram of natural fiber with nano reinforcement spill material absorbs up to 50 gram. Which means it is around 3x more effective than a usually spill absorbent product.
Why do you focus on the fuel recovery?
By the introduction of the oil-only absorbent product line we observed that in Middle East and in Africa we have seen that many spills are absorbed just by covering them with sand. Many of these customers see a significant economic benefit to recover these fuels with our pillows and to resell them again.
The same we observed for the Offshore applications where absorbent booms are distributed in the sea. The booms absorb only the oil, the oil is recovered and the booms are reused.
Can you make a practical example?
A pillow with a weight of 300 g can absorb up to 6 litre of fuel. With the current fuel prices we speak about a value 6-10 Euro to be recovered. When using a pillow several times, up to 25 Euro of product can be recovered with one single pillow. For high price solvents and distillates the value can be up to 10 times higher.
Why do you promote the products also for environmental protection?
Many customers use the pillows in plants where some valves have a very slide leakage. Such a slide leakage does not justify immediately to take out a expensive production line. Oil only absorbent pillows allow to absorb the hydrocarbons of such a leakage by letting pass the water of rain figuring as an oil-water separator.
Are there any limitations on who can use this product?
The use of our absorbents is not limited to any specific sector. We have customers which use pillows to remove the oil from oil separators without taking the oil separators out of service.
We have also customers which use them for cleaning operations or for oil changing of engines, from heavy ship engines to conventional cars.