Director of the company Andrei Elagin and two of his colleagues flew to the scene of the accident. They carry 100 kg of microgels, 50 special nets from the membrane separating the diesel from the water, four filter bags (2.7 x 5.5 m), three tension filters on the frame pools (d = 3 m) and two filter cloths to protect the coast (2 , 5x25 m).
Andrei Elagin, CEO of BioMikroGeli: “I believe it is our duty. Since this is our country, its nature and its future. And it’s very important for us that we can not only help with the preparations, but also do something with our hands to save the nature of the northern edge. ”
Biomicrogels® are naturally occurring gel particles with unique properties. Their sizes are from 100 to 1000 nanometers. They have high surface activity, emulsifying ability and reversible solubility, while completely harmless to humans and the environment. They have the 1st class of biodegradability (rapidly degradable substances).
The raw materials for them are natural materials - pectin from apple cake, baskets of sunflowers, beet pulp, as well as cellulose. This class of substances is capable of trapping metal ions in water (proven effectiveness in Cu, Ca, Hg, Mg, Mn, Pb, Fe, Al, Ni, Cr, Co, Zn), drops of oil and other oily substances, including vegetable oils . They cover the contaminants (for example, oil droplets) with a polymer film, forming microcapsules, and quickly adhere them together. The result is a jelly-like mass that can be easily separated from water.
In 2015, biomicrogels® were recognized by Rospatent as one of the 100 best developments in Russia. Reagents based on biomicrogels® are used at the stages of oil production, refining and transportation. They allow you to effectively separate persistent water-oil emulsions, fight spills on the surface and clean the soil. Effective at low freezing temperatures.
As reagents, biomicrogels® are used to eliminate oil spills on water, to clean industrial effluents from oils and metals at enterprises, to separate cutting fluids for production, to collect oil products from soil surfaces, for example, along the coastline, and also as a component in household chemistry.
Based on ecotoxicity tests using ciliates and luminous bacteria as a test object (Ekolyum biosensor) at the Scientific Research Institute named after Sysina (Moscow), biomicrogels® are assigned to hazard class 4, i.e. recognized as safe as possible. The safety of biomicrogels® in terms of ecotoxicity has also been confirmed by the Strategic Planning Center of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation on the basis of tests using daphnia and guppy fish as test objects. Oil-saturated biomicrogels® can be utilized using the bioremediation method using oil-oxidizing bacteria.
Oleg Dubnov, Vice President, Executive Director of the Skolkovo Foundation Energy Efficiency Technology Cluster: “Modern society has come to understand the fact that a healthy environment and human health are no less important than well-being and getting arrived. But, despite the ongoing activities aimed at preserving the environment, mankind is not yet able to completely exclude man-made disasters, like the spill of oil products in Norilsk. One of the modern trends is the development of technologies aimed at ensuring environmental safety, including the elimination of the consequences of accidents. Among the successful participants of the Skolkovo project, who in their developments just focused on technologies that minimize the effects of human influence on the environment, I would like to single out the actively developing company BioMikroGeli. We hope that the technologies developed by her will be able to help solve the difficult situation that has arisen in Norilsk. ”
Previously, BioMikroGeli launched the production of disinfectants of the Eflikvir line -“ Effective Virus Liquidator ”with using the same biomicrogel technology. A batch of drugs as humanitarian aid was sent to the Aistenok Foundation and 18 hospitals and clinics in Yekaterinburg.
NPO BioMikroGeli is a Russian developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly household chemicals. It works in 2012. He is a resident of the Skolkovo technology park.
The company produces WonderLab household chemicals based on Biomicrogels. Under the WonderLab brand, over 52 types of funds are presented on the Russian market. Detergents and cleaners based on Biomicrogels are certified according to GOST, in Rospotrebnadzor, the Ministry of Health, the Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology.
The Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization created on the initiative of the President of the Russian Federation in September 2010. The goal of the Fund is to create an ecosystem conducive to the development of entrepreneurship and research in the areas of: energy efficiency and energy conservation, nuclear, space, biomedical, strategic computer technologies and software. The Fund is entrusted with the management of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, whose activities are regulated by a special law that provides special economic conditions to startups that have undergone special external technological expertise (now there are more than 2,400 of them). In 2019, the revenue of Skolkovo participating companies amounted to 111.6 billion rubles, the total revenue over the 10 years of the project’s existence reached 412.7 billion rubles. More than 35 thousand people work in startups. In total, more than 2900 developments and technological solutions have been patented. An important part of the Skolkovo ecosystem is a research university - the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), created and functioning with the support of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The construction of the infrastructure of the IC Skolkovo at the expense of the federal budget has been completed (Technopark, University, Gymnasium, road and engineering infrastructure have been built). Over 750 thousand square meters were commissioned. m. objects.