How The E-Mop Works
The Seeding Process
The oil collection process begins by seeding spilled oil with environmentally benign, micron-sized magnetite (Fe3O4) particles, creating a colloidal mixture.
The process is dominated by a weak molecular force which also allows for the magnetic separation of the particles after the oil and particles are removed from water and other surfaces. The nature of the bond is sufficient to target oil specifically at the micron scale and only use the water as a transport medium.
Magnetically Active Booms
The main ingredient in The E-Mop system is the magnetically active booms. The booms are made up of thin solenoid magnets that are linked together to reach out into the oily water.
After the spilled oil is seeded with magnetite, the electromagnetic booms are pulsed in a phased sequence with a time dependent current. The current, gradually grows stronger axially and is distributed along the boom. This creates a magnetic field gradient that directs the magnetized oil to where it can be collected.
The magnetically active booms are very efficient at collecting oil while not collecting any water in the process.
Magnetically Active Booms with patented technology: