The Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI) is housed at the Prince William Sound Science Center, a non-profit research and education organisation located in Alaska. OSRI was established in response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The main focus of OSRI is to identify and develop the best techniques, equipment and materials for dealing with oil spills in the Artic and sub-Artic marine environment.
By 2007, in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, there were still over 120,000 liters of oil trapped in the Alaskan coastline and surrounding seas. In need of creative solutions to respond to the pervasive problem, the OSRI ran a number of challenges with InnoCentive, to benefit from out-of-the-box solutions tailored to the needs of the problem.
All four Challenges run by OSRI were solved, resulting in next generation oil recovery technology, and InnoCentive Solvers were awarded.