Oil leaks to water bodies is a problem that has attracted the attention of many researchers, environmentalists, and industries. Oil leaks to water bodies can cause significant economic losses and, more significantly, cause environmental pollution that put humans, animals and plants in danger. Furthermore, the nature of oil spills and run-off is that it can contaminate even distant bodies of water very quickly, depending on the winds and the tides.
In order to limit environmental damage, national and international entities have issued increasingly stringent environmental regulations.
Early oil leak detection offers a technological solution to these issues, since the quicker the leak is detected the more rapidly it can be dealt with. This is true for both large scale leaks from oil tankers and pipelines and ongoing small scale, but cumulative runoff.
Leakwise sensors offer the best possible solution for the early detection of both types of oil spills. They are highly sensitive, capable of detecting as little as 0.3mm of hydrocarbon in the water. Nor is there any lag time – as soon as the oil makes contact with the sensor, the data is processed and sent to controller, in accordance with the adjustable sensitivity setting he decided upon. Furthermore, certain leakwise setting can detect soil, as well as water, contamination, increasing the versatility of their deployment. The Leakwise sensor interfaces with the control center via relay contact, enabling the user to monitor for oil spills and control the sensor settings from afar, granting access to even the most logistically difficult sites.
In addition, the leakwise sensors are durable and capable of operating in hazardous conditions, and their operation is not affected by dirt or oil coating, variations in water salinity, temperature, sea level/tides or turbulence.