Presentation Title

Fats, Oils and Grease Effluent Recycling for Food Production

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Maryam Shafahi

Start Date

17-11-2018 2:15 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 2:30 PM

Location

C161

Session

Oral 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

biological_agricultural_sciences

Abstract

Fats oils and grease pose a serious concern for water municipalities and private businesses. Fat, oils and grease (FOG) that are not captured before entering the water pipelines can cause odors, clogs, and excessive maintenance. FOG is difficult to break down due to its low biodegradability. Waste water treatment plants are not typically designed to handle FOG wastewater effectively. The purpose of our research is to breakdown collected fats oils and grease from food industry, process them and use them for a hydroponic plant set up to grow vegetables suitable for human consumption. In order to treat the collected raw FOG, the process will be broken down into filtration, sedimentation, neutralization, and oxidation. Each step tuned specifically to enhance microbial breakdown of the FOG. The resulting liquid will be tested for macro-nutrients, trace minerals, and pH levels, to be used for a hydroponics system. The results from this experiment will evaluate the possibility of utilizing FOG to development a low-cost sustainable food production system.

Summary of research results to be presented

ongoing research, no results yet

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Nov 17th, 2:15 PM Nov 17th, 2:30 PM

Fats, Oils and Grease Effluent Recycling for Food Production

C161

Fats oils and grease pose a serious concern for water municipalities and private businesses. Fat, oils and grease (FOG) that are not captured before entering the water pipelines can cause odors, clogs, and excessive maintenance. FOG is difficult to break down due to its low biodegradability. Waste water treatment plants are not typically designed to handle FOG wastewater effectively. The purpose of our research is to breakdown collected fats oils and grease from food industry, process them and use them for a hydroponic plant set up to grow vegetables suitable for human consumption. In order to treat the collected raw FOG, the process will be broken down into filtration, sedimentation, neutralization, and oxidation. Each step tuned specifically to enhance microbial breakdown of the FOG. The resulting liquid will be tested for macro-nutrients, trace minerals, and pH levels, to be used for a hydroponics system. The results from this experiment will evaluate the possibility of utilizing FOG to development a low-cost sustainable food production system.