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The CytoSol Process - Demo
CytoSol Biosolvent Field Demos

A combination of several 'field demos' we put on for the California Department of Fish & Game, Office of Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR) who regulate and oversee all remediation activities along the SF bay marshes, shoreline as well as the Pacific coast of our state.

These 'kiddie pool' demos originated from the first one we developed 'on location' for NOAA and the USCG in San Juan, PR at the Berman barge spill (heavy fresh fuel oil, 600,000 gal spill along the north coast of PR).

The sequence of the three pools in steps is essential to demonstrate the concept: Treat the oiled shoreline sand/sediment with CytoSol. Allow the CytoSol to dissolve and release the weathered oil. Flush with ambient temperature water to 'Lift and Float' the released oil from the sediment and shoreline onto the water. Collect the coalesced oil-CytoSol mixture using conventional skimming technology (simulated here by the weir dam built into the demonstration pool). Allow the collected oil-CytoSol mixture to accumulate in a reservoir, tank or barge (floating on the surface). Drain out the clean water from beneath without any visible traces of the recovered oil. Recycled the oil recovered from the shoreline. Use the oil as burner fuel at conventional oil-fired power plants or on board ships for propulsion (filtered and diluted into the fuel oil of ships).

Demonstrations of CytoSol Process

Laboratory microcosm study of CytoSol Process
using reference CA beach sand and Alaskan crude oil simulating coastal spill

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R1-12: Laboratory microcosm study of CytoSol Process using reference CA beach sand and Alaskan crude oil simulating coastal spill

  R1-13: Close up of crude oil-saturated beach sand in microcosm prior to CytoSol Process
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R1-14: Sampling oil saturated sand dissolved and penetrated by the CytoSol Biosolvent prior to water rinse to collect released oil; note oil already flowing over the weir dam to simulate skimmers
  R1-3:Sampling crude oil-saturated beach sand after CytoSol Biosolvent applied to Alaskan crude oil. In this photo the oil has thinned and detached from the substrate and beginning to flow over the weir even before a water rinse
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R1-6: Water rinse continues to float off more dissolved crude oil from the saturated sand, note the 'Lift and Float' action of just water when the crude oil has been treated by the CytoSol.
R1-15: Bacterial enumeration plate of Aerobic hydrocarbon-degrading colonies of SF Bay water bacteria grown up in lab on a mixture of CytoSol and crude oil as the sole carbon source
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R1-1: Ambient temperature passive water rinse with a squeeze bottle stream to 'Lift and Float' the CytoSol treated crude oil from the saturated beach sand. The oil-CytoSol mixture forms globules that are easily skimmed off the water simulated here by the weir dam.
R1-0: Cleaned beach sand after one application of CytoSol (1:1), 15 minutes waiting and passive deluge of water rinse to 'Lift and Float' the crude oil from the sand and over the weir for collection (simulating skimmer recovery of released oil in the field). Research funded by USDA grants 1994-1997.

Demonstration of CytoSol Process

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