Hot oil filtration is important in any food processing area that uses fryer oil to create the finished product, such as convenience foods like chicken and French fries, snack foods like tortilla chips, and elements of ready-made meals. When oil is effectively filtered from a commercial deep fryer, it improves the profitability of the food processing and the quality of the food to the consumer.
Though their work is largely done in the background, WesTech’s highly-experienced lab experts provide significant input to engineers at WesTech. Their testing contributes to a variety of important decisions, from right-sizing equipment in a proposal to troubleshooting an existing customer’s problem.
Water management is a high priority for power plant owners. There are many factors that can make it a particular concern, such as stricter environmental restrictions on wastewater discharge, regional water shortages, and the public perception of power plants. Implementing Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) can help solve these issues.
The Water Research Center (WRC) is a research facility established in 2012 at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen. The WRC facilitates the development and demonstration of water treatment and conservation technologies.
The facility, which is the first research center of its kind in the U.S., is a collaborative effort between the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Southern Research (SR), Southern Company, its subsidiary Georgia Power, and 14 other utilities.
Livestock production and food processing are two of the many industries that continue to be scrutinized by environmental groups and consumers. Both industries come under fire for their use of resources (energy, water) and production of waste materials. An anaerobic digester that captures biogas combined with a process for utilizing the biogas can help on both fronts.
This increasingly popular approach allows livestock producers and food processing facilities to recycle discarded organics into energy and useful byproducts such as compost, fertilizer, and livestock bedding.
Category: Renewable Energy
Packaged ultrafiltration membrane systems like WesTech’s AltaPac™ system are more flexible and accommodating of a site’s specific needs than one might think upon hearing the term “packaged.”
One particular East Coast site learned this first-hand, when they came to WesTech looking for a solution for treating a surface water source. The manufacturing company that owned the site wanted to use the water for cleaning their industrial process equipment, as well as pre-treating a portion of the water for a reverse osmosis unit.
Category: Water Treatment
Originally published in Water Environment Federation's World Water Magazine.
In a corporate-academic partnership unique to algal research, WesTech Engineering, Inc. and Utah State University’s Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC) are developing processes for more efﬁcient harvesting of algae from municipal wastewater and other nutrient-rich sources. Floyd Grifﬁths of WesTech Engineering, Inc. reports on joint research efforts for converting algae into high-value bioproducts.
Corporations frequently establish joint research partnerships with universities in diverse ﬁelds; however, such collaboration seldom occurs in algal research, which has almost exclusively remained within the province of universities.