The unique technology for cleaning bottom sediments of oil-contaminated water bodies Aeroschup is about to enter the European market. It was developed by the Biological Institute (BI) of Tomsk State University. In April 2019, BI research group took part in the Deep Tech Atelier conference in Riga (Latvia) and negotiated with the management team of Commercialization Reactor - an international technology commercialization platform . The product designed by BI research team is the basis of a start-up that will be established on the territory of the European Union for solving environmental issues in the EU and in other regions of the world.
The technology for assessing and cleaning oil-contaminated water bodies successfully passed pilot tests and was used in the northern regions of Russia. In 2018, the lake remediation project, implemented in Khanty-Mansiysk region together with the Samotlorneftegaz JSC, TSU industrial partner, became the winner in the Russian Geographical Society competition in The Best Environmental Project nomination. This technology is supposed to become the basis to set up a company in the European Union.
Aeroschup is a potential participant in the next session to be held in October, 2019. It is planned to establish a new separate start-up on the basis of TSU technology. This will encourage international investment in the product development and provide access to global markets. In addition, it will strengthen the position of TSU as one of the leading centers of innovation development in the Russian Federation.
It is worth mentioning that earlier Ambassador of Portugal to Russia Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro and Attache for Scientific and Educational Relations João Carlos Mendonça expressed their deep interest in the project. During the meeting with the Director of BI, they proposed to develop a joint Russian-Portuguese project based on TSU researchers’ ideas to design AEROSCHUP MARINE. It would solve the global problem associated with the need to clean bottom sediments of offshore shelf areas from hydrocarbon raw materials. The possibility of such collaboration with the CIMA at the University of Algarve, the leading center for marine research is currently under discussion.