SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – In view of the damage to wildlife and beaches caused by a massive oil spill off the coast of Orange County, a San Diego-based company has developed sensors that it believes will help reduce the effects.
Interaction Systems focuses on the production equipment used for marine research.
“Historically, the oil flow has been responded to and has not been banned in isolation,” said Chris Chase, the company’s general manager.
InterOcean Systems has been developing Slick Sleuths probe for 15 years.
Essentially, the chassis uses ultraviolet rays to separate oil from water.
“If you go to a nightclub and have black lights and a white shirt is really bright purple, that’s the same physical principle,” Chase said.
What makes this approach unique is that the devices must not be submerged in water or have no direct contact with oil to detect it – unlike many existing monitoring systems.
When oil is detected, the light turns red and an alarm is sent to the operators immediately.
The company has partnered with researchers at San Diego State University to improve sensor technology, including the ability to detect different types of fuels and expand the range of vision.
SDS said in a statement: “The goal is to eventually turn off the sensors from solar energy and demand as little electricity as possible. Future versions could be explosion-proof and run underwater near pipelines, ”he said.
Chase, SDSU’s diamond, said the damaged pipeline could help reduce the impact after tens of thousands of barrels of crude oil spilled into the ocean near Orange County.
“It’s a no-man’s-land, so no one is going there,” he said.
A ship off the coast of Huntington Beach was not aware of and reported the leak.
The floods have killed dozens of wildlife – most of them birds and fish – and have temporarily closed wetlands and beaches.
Chase, for his part, said: “In the past, it was quick to respond to warnings, which gave them the ability to hold oil and not hit the beach or wildlife.”