Research report: Igniters

This review summarises the technologies available for initiating in-situ burning (ISB). The focus of the report has been on oil spill igniters reported in the available open literature, which encompasses North American and European research and development efforts.

The purpose of this review is to provide technical guidance for the development of an oil-slick ignition system to be combined with a recently developed herding agent application system for helicopters. The system is to be designed so that a single helicopter can first contract and later ignite and burn oil slicks without the need for booms or surface vessels. The concept of contracting slicks in open water and in drift ice conditions with herding agents and then igniting them offers the possibility of a rapid aerial response to spills.