As of today (Thursday, June 17th), if all the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico had been used for fuel, it could have powered 105,000 cars and 8,800 trucks for a full year plus 146 container ship days, according to University of Delaware Prof. James J. Corbett. That’s based on scientists’ recently updated (June 15th) average estimated spill rate of 50,000 barrels of oil per day.
Corbett, a professor of marine policy in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, works on energy and environmental solutions for transportation. He launched a website that reports the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in terms of lost uses of the lost fuel on a daily basis. (http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/getinvolved/oilSpill.aspx)
Here are just a few of Corbett’s findings:
* By May 5 (15 days after the spill), the oil lost could have fueled 470 container ships serving New York and New Jersey ports for a year.
* By May 31 (41 days after the spill), the lost energy could have fueled one freight truck on 17 trips across all 4 million miles of U.S. highway.
Corbett says he developed the website to help put the oil spill in a perspective to which everyday users of petroleum, including most Americans, can relate.
This oil spill is of particular interest to Robotic Parking Systems for numerous reasons. One reason is that our 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility and corporate offices are located on the Gulf coast of Florida in the Clearwater – Tampa Bay area. We’re fortunate so far that the spill is still quite some distance away from us, and our shores have not yet been directly impacted.
Additionally, Robotic Parking Systems has always worked to contribute to the green building efforts of architects and developers to create greener and more livable cities. By parking twice as many cars in half the space, our automated parking garages helps builders achieve additional green space or use the space created to provide other benefits for their projects or the community. This robotic technology significantly reduces gas consumption, carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases.
More economical uses of petroleum and other energy resources will reduce the need for future deep water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.