Current oil spill skimming technology was only able to collect 3 percent of the DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. During the clean up, workers were exposed to toxins, the boats were expensive and pollutive to operate, and the workers could not operate in bad weather or at night.
With Protei, a fleet of open-hardware sailing drones developed primarily to collect oil spills, that could all be changed.
The technology currently in development is:
- Unmanned: no human exposed to toxic.
- Green and cheap: sailing upwind capturing oil downwind.
- Self-righting, rugged: can operate in hurricane time.
- Semi-autonomous: can swarm continuously and far away.