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X PRIZE Contest Seeks a Better Oil Spill Cleanup Solution

X PRIZE Contest Seeks a Better Oil Spill Cleanup Solution

By National Geographic on October 06, 2011

Ten finalist teams, chosen from more than 300 applicants, are competing in a $1.4 million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE to prove there is a better way to clean up oil spills than the dated and ineffective technology deployed to capture the crude that gushed from the Macondo well for 87 days. Beginning in July and continuing through last week, five U.S. competitors, two each from Norway and Finland, and one from the Netherlands took turns deploying pumps, skimmers, and booms in new shapes, sizes, and configurations.

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