Smart Sponge® and Anti microbial Smart Sponge® Plus
AbTech’s Smart Sponge® technology is at the heart of its product innovation. Its unique molecular structure is based on innovative polymer technologies that are chemically selective to hydrocarbons. Smart Sponge® fully encapsulates recovered oil, resulting in a substantially more effective response that prevents absorbed oil from leaching. It is also capable of removing low levels of oil from water, thereby successfully removing sheen. In addition, the Smart Sponge® remains buoyant in calm or agitated water, permitting it to remain in place until fully saturated and resulting in no wasted product. Once oil is absorbed, the Smart Sponge® transforms the pollutants into a stable solid for easy recycling, providing a closed-loop solution to water pollution. Smart Sponge® technology provides a cost-effective BMP with low installation and maintenance labor costs. In comparison to other products, the Smart Sponge® technology also allows easier and less expensive handling and disposal of the waste product, since its technology transforms liquid oil and other pollutants into a stable solid. The Smart Sponge® was designed not to deteriorate in water, allowing for a longer product life.
Smart Sponge Smart Sponge Plus for Hydrocarbons for Hydrocarbons Plus Bacteria
AbTech has developed an anti microbial technology synergistic with the Smart Sponge® technology. This effort produced Smart Sponge® Plus, which features an anti microbial agent chemically and permanently bound in a proprietary process to the Smart Sponge polymer surface which reduces coliform bacteria. Due to this permanent bond, the anti microbial agent is active but does not leach or leak, avoiding any downstream toxicity issues. Smart Sponge® Plus offers engineered solutions for reducing coliform bacteria found in stormwater, industrial wastewater, and municipal wastewater.
The Agent used for this innovative technology is an Organosilane derivative which is widely used in a variety of fields including medical, consumables, pool equipment, and consumer goods to impart biostatic activity to the surface of a wide variety of substrates. This Smart Sponge® Plus mode of action, through its bound agent, is very simple (no chlorine or heavy metals involved) and – in surfacebound applications – it neither introduces chemicals into the treated water nor produces toxic metabolites. The anti microbial mechanism is based on the agent’s interaction with the microorganism cell membrane, causing microorganism inactivation, but no chemical or physical change in the agent. Anti microbial activity therefore does not reduce the agent’s capability or cause its depletion, and maintains long-term effectiveness.
Additionally, the hydrocarbon absorption capability is not inhibited. The anti microbial agent is registered with the EPA for a variety of applications. When properly installed and maintained Smart Sponge® Plus provides a significant reduction in coliform bacteria.
OARS Smart Sponge is a combination of petroleum derived co-polymers that readily removes and encapsulates moderate to extremely dilute quantities of various pollutants from aqueous streams while repelling water. All AbTech products utilize the Smart Sponge technology. The resulting solidified oil and polymer mixture remains buoyant and, due to its molecular structure, prevents the oil from leaching out, thus permitting OARS Smart Sponge to remain in place until fully saturated