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Space Technology Hall of Fame

Petroleum Remediation Product

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Inducted Individuals: 
Raymond Tarasi
Gary Dalrymple
Technology Description: 

Spills and leaks of all kinds threaten water resources around the world. Today a new technology provides safe and permanent removal of petroleum-based pollutants from water.

The basic delivery system grew out of NASA biological encapsulation research and the orbital production of microspheres so uniformly precise they provide calibration standards for scientific and industrial equipment.

Industry scientists worked with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Marshall Space Flight Center to develop Petroleum Remediation Product or PRP.

PRP can be spread over water or soil to absorb, contain, and safely dispose of hydrocarbon pollutants. Essentially highly absorbent hollow spheres of beeswax, PRP immediately binds with hydrocarbons and provide nutrients to naturally occurring microbes. The feeding microbes then create enzymes which biodegrade contaminants.

In 2004, Universal Remediation, Inc. rapidly commercialized this space technology developing products to treat contaminants in a wide variety of situations including the BioSok Bilge Maintenance System, the BioBoom, the WellBoom, and OilBuster.

This Space Technology Hall of Fame technology inductee is also a Certified Space Technology (www.unireminc.com).

To learn more about the Space Certification Program visitwww.spaceconnection.org.

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