Patent Number: 6,168,723

Title: Heat recovery and recovery of oils from waste streams containing water, oils and food solids

Abstract: A process and apparatus for effecting the recovery of grease and oils from an aqueous waste stream is disclosed. This is accomplished by a combination of steps which include removing coarse food solids from the waste stream, allowing the oils to separate from the water in a separation zone, removing the oil layer to a storage zone, removing the water layer to a heat recovery zone and transferring heat values from the recovery zone to the separation zone with vapor compression refrigeration. The invention saves energy by recycling the heat of the kitchen waste stream to the separation zone. The recovered oil is useful as a marketable product that can be converted into many useful products. When a fines filter is used in the process, the discharged water can be used for non-agricultural uses such as lawn watering or can be used in water closets and urinals.

Inventors: Moody; Steven R. (Lakeland, FL)


International Classification: B01D 17/00 (20060101); B01D 017/032 (); B01D 035/18 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018