US Patent Granted: An automated system for cleaning and recovering spilled oil in the ocean using hair felt rollers

Press Release

Innovation Title:
An automated system for cleaning and recovering spilled oil in the ocean using hair felt rollers.

Name and Age of Inventors (at the time of innovation):
Zeyd Mohd Fahzy (11)
Abdallah Farooqui (12)
Adam Arsalan Jaffery (10)
Abdul Basit Piracha (11)
Maheen Rafique (10)
Salaah Asif Sayed (10)
Umar Ahmad Syed (9)

Problem Statement:
Oil spills in oceans wreak havoc on ecosystems and marine life, posing severe environmental threats. These spills not only lead to ecological disaster but also result in the wasteful loss of a finite and valuable resource.
To address this serious problem, there was a need for innovative and sustainable technology, which can swiftly and effectively recover spilled oil, further minimizing environmental damage while harnessing this resource for beneficial purposes.

About the Innovation:
This team of young innovators from DiscoverSTEM researched that human hair has a natural tendency to attract oil. They innovated a fully automated boat with hair-felt rollers, oil collection, and storage systems that collect up to 98% of spilled oil, which further can be reused.

Patent Certificate:

US Patent Grant Date:
August 2, 2022

United States Patent Publication Number:

To Read Patent Details:
Click Here USPTO | Google Patents

About DiscoverSTEM

DiscoverSTEM nurtures child prodigies. Through our various programs, we transform children into young innovators and entrepreneurs who can solve some of the world’s most pressing problems through their patented innovations.

We provide a complete innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem to children and help them transform their unique ideas into practical solutions and products.

For more information on DiscoverSTEM, please contact us HERE.

Hisham Ahmad - CMO

I am a 14-year-old freshman attending Brighter Horizons Academy in Garland, Texas. I have extensive experience with marketing, as I have been a part of various companies and mentorships. I graduated from the DiscoverStem program, allowing new doors to open up for me, and change the way I see things. The DiscoverStem program has also given me more experience with concepts such as patents, invention, and innovation, as well as inspiration to use these skills to help the world around us.

DiscoverSTEM founders Mirza Rizwan and Mirza Faizan have made history by becoming the first Indian to win the coveted George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation – USA.

Started in 1949 by former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Freedoms Foundation honors exceptional contributions of Americans towards communities in the USA. Generally reserved for the US citizens, the awarding organization made an exception to recognize the stellar research work and its impact of India’s Mr. Rizwan in designing and implementing a unique STEM & Innovation program for American children, thereby revolutionizing the education system in the USA.

Few of the other notable non-US citizens who have received George Washington Honor Medal include Ms. Margaret Thatcher (Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom), Lech Walesa (Former President of Poland and Noble Prize winner) and world-renowned Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. As the latest recipients of this prestigious honor, Mirza brothers join historically acclaimed group of citizens whose work and dedication advance the American ideals, the award letter says.

Some of the distinguished US citizens who have received this award for their stellar contributions in their field are Walt Disney, Astronauts Sally Ride and John Glenn, Capt. Sully Sullenberger, Athletes like Arthur Ashe, George Foreman and Tiger Woods and famous US educator Jaime Escalante.