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7:11 PM  October 6, 2021

TSU Aeroprobe highly appreciated by EU experts

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TOMSK, Oct 6 – RIA Tomsk. Scientists of the Biological Institute of Tomsk State University (TSU) during a trip to Latvia and Lithuania demonstrated their Aeroprobe technology, created to clean bottom sediments of reservoirs contaminated with oil and oil products. About the results of the presentation – in the review of RIA Tomsk.

Earlier it was reported that TSU scientists will hold an Aeroprobe demonstration in the port of Riga, which cleans the bottom deposits of reservoirs from oil and oil products: the complex supplies a water-air mixture to the bottom of the reservoir, as a result, bubbles form, oil sticks to them and rises to the surface, and it is collected by other devices.

It was also reported that Aeroprobe passed an examination in 2019 to create a startup in the European Union – this is how PurOceans Technology company appeared. The startup was created with the participation of scientists from TSU, the Latvian company "Commercialization Reactor", which promotes innovative products from Russia and the CIS countries, and European entrepreneurs.

Between Latvia and Lithuania

Pilot tests of Aeroprobe were carried out in the port of Riga (Latvia), in the port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) – a survey of the bottom, according to the TSU website on Wednesday.

According to the press service of the university, there was more interest in TSU technology than expected. The management of the Riga Free Port, local journalists and representatives of private oil refining companies arrived to see how Aeroprobe works. The Aeroprobe team met with local environmentalists in the port of Klaipeda who conduct state monitoring of aquatic ecosystems.

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Director of the Biological Institute of TSU Danil Vorobyov

"All reservoirs are unique, each has its own "nature" of pollution. The port of Riga has historical pollution, where bottom deposits are represented by a layer of organomineral deposits impregnated with oil products. Aeroprobe technology has proved its effectiveness when working in such conditions, demonstrating high cleaning efficiency," Danil Vorobyov, director of BI TSU, said in a statement.

According to him, the extraction rate of oil pollution amounted to 12.5 tons per hectare of bottom in the port of Riga. Foreign participants in the presentation noted the environmental friendliness and effectiveness of the approach developed at Tomsk State University.

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Water area survey of Riga port

"Green" Complex

One of the main advantages of Aeroprobe technology is its high efficiency with 100% environmental friendliness. Cleaning of bottom sediments takes place without the use of "chemistry" and excavation of bottom sediments.

This innovative approach is based on physical principles: the rise of hydrocarbons is carried out due to the ability of oil hydrocarbons to adhere to the separation of two phases – air and liquid. This process takes place using a special installation developed and patented by TSU. Now such technologies are especially in demand, as they contribute to the restoration of the environment and the sustainable development of the planet.

"Living organisms, plants and algae that are at the bottom of contaminated reservoirs are part of the oxygen production cycle. If reservoirs accumulate pollution from oil and plastic, this creates a thick layer that prevents the production of oxygen. Dead zones - without oxygen – are formed in the water," Alena Stepanova, general director and co-founder of the PurOceans company explains.

According to her, Aeroprobe technology allows to completely remove this layer and restore the aqueous environment.

Aeroprobe goes abroad

As the TSU website reported, to date, the PurOceans has received 100 thousand euros as a pre-seed and seed investment from the Commercialization Reactor. To further develop technology, scale and open the research and development center of the company requires about 1.5 million euros.

"PurOceans is looking for funds, in particular applications have been made for a Norwegian grant and a Horizon grant. Now PurOceans is working to ensure that the technology and device for cleaning bottom sediments work completely on solar energy in 2022, so they will be completely environmentally friendly," the report said.

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