High utility bills cause plants to consider recycling
waste oil for heat
Cleveland, OH— According
to a new survey by Abanaki Corporation, a manufacturer of oil
skimming products, more plant managers are considering recycling
waste oil as a way to fight rising energy costs. In the survey
results, 78 percent of respondents are struggling to find ways
to reduce plant energy costs, and in the face of record-high fuel
oil prices, 35 percent of respondents said they would consider
burning waste oil to heat their plants.
Although three quarters of the
respondents said that their companies skim oil from their wastewater,
only eight percent said that their plants already burn waste oil
Using an oil skimmer, companies
can collect up to 40 gallons per hour of oil or grease from wastewater.
When combined with an oil concentrator, the amount of water in
the oil can be reduced to less than one percent in most cases,
making the oil suitable for burning in a waste oil furnace or
Abanaki sent the e-mail survey
in January, 2006 to plant and maintenance managers at manufacturing
plants, machine shops and other industrial facilities. The findings
are based on 119 completed surveys.
In addition, the survey uncovered
a widely held misperception: 70 percent of respondents thought
EPA regulations for plants burning their own used oil were more
stringent than regulations for waste oil disposal. In fact, the
regulations are more relaxed. The EPA supports the burning of
used oil on site, because it prevents oil from entering the watershed
and eliminates the risk of spills during transportation.
Because it usually has a thicker
viscosity, used oil possesses more energy than #2 fuel oil and
more than twice the energy value of LP gas or coal. Waste oils
that can be burned for heat include almost any oil up to 50 S.A.E.:
metal cutting oils, lube oil, crankcase oil, transmission and
hydraulic fluid, #1 and #2 diesel fuel, vegetable oils and grease.
For more information about oil
skimming and how to burn waste oil, contact Chris Ott at (800)358-7546,
or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.