An integrated bioremediation service using native microbial consortia and autonomous vehicles.

SpilLess aims to implement an innovative and environment-friendly solution to tackle one of the most damaging sources of maritime pollution: oil spills. This solution will be based on the production of native microbial consortia with bioremediation capacity, and the adaptation of unmanned autonomous vehicles for in-situ contamination combat. This novel approach can be used as a first line response to pollution incidents in a fast, efficient and low cost way.

Innovative products and services:

A library of native microbial consortiafor bioremediation;
A cocktail of additives to stimulate themicrobial consortia activity;
Launchers for application of bioremediationtreatments by unmanned autonomous vehicles;
An integrated protocol for bioremediation application.
Development of a new concept of georeferenced library of native microbial consortia, with capacity to degrade petroleum compounds, to be applied by autonomous vehicles (aerial,surface and underwater) at specific geographic areas.

News & Events

  • 16th August 2018

    Since its beginning, members of the the SpilLess project have been actively involved in numerous outreach activities and networking events, with the ultimate goal of disseminating the goals and outputs of the project within the scientific community and to the general public. 1st SpilLess Workshop......

  • 16th August 2018

    A spill of over 3 tonnes of crude oil occurred in Peniche (Portugal) at the beginning of July 2017, which lead to the contamination of a significant fraction of the city’s coastline resulting in the interdiction of two beaches. SpilLess team was dispatched to the......

  • 16th August 2018

    The first preliminary field tests of the SpilLess project were performed earlier this year, during which two autonomous vehicles designed by INESCTEC for the combat of oil spills were demonstrated in a quasi-real scenario. These vehicles were tested together in a cooperative exercise, simulating their......

  • 16th August 2018

    Recently, SpilLess was featured in several news reports in the Portuguese media both in TV and radio. A Portuguese news station (SIC) featured a news report about the SpilLess project with the participation of several team members, including Ana Paula Mucha (CIIMAR) and André Dias......

  • 16th August 2018

    The kick-off meeting of the new CIIMAR European project named “SpilLess” took place at CIIMAR facilities at Leixões Cruise Terminal, Matosinhos, Portugal on March 13, 2017. SpilLess – First line response to oil spills based on native microorganisms cooperation – aims to implement an innovative......