In the days before recorded history (prior to accurate oil content monitors) some in the commercial marine industry had to use very temperamental and finicky oil water separators. These separators were mostly used on the blue water ocean going vessels. Everyone who used a separator hated it and did not trust it, but that was the state of the art. It’s all there was.
But during all this, we tried and tried, but learned that there was not enough heat to recover unless we could get a lot of dwell or residence time in the exhaust gas stream without a total exhaust system redesign, and of course none of the boats and ships were willing or able to make changes like that and add all the heat exchangers that would be necessary to capture that heat. It would require large systems that take up a lot of room.
In 2000, SkimOil™ introduced the electric powered BilgeVAP bilge water evaporator to the inland waterways operators, an electric powered system that works GREAT for evaporating oily bilge water. The BilgeVAP was and is simple and deadly effective — with no emissions and only one moving part. Problem is — it takes a lot of power to evaporate water! 2.6 Kw to evaporate 1 gallon of water. Few boats have that much surplus power. If you’ve got the power to spare, it—s a valid alternative for eliminating oily bilge water or slops at 4-12 gph. Today our BRUTE oil water separators are among the toughest most reliable USCG approved separators made anywhere — but even they cannot deal with gray water or emulsions — like from washing down an engine room with soap.
At SkimOil we specialize in waste minimization equipment and systems for the commercial marine industry. This is what we do all the time, so we can bring highly specialized knowledge and experience to your project—giving you the right technology so you can get it right—the first time. We love oil! Call SkimOil at (314) 579-9755 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org