Restaurants' on-site waste cooking oil recovery, refinement, & retail Vegetable Oil (VO) Diesel Fuel

Farmers' pressed VO Diesel Fuel too!

Flowtration Station Benefits

  • Refines cooking oil into fuel by removing water and particulates to a standard
  • Cooking oils' viscosity has similar range with conversion upon diesel injection
  • Turns waste cooking oil into profit center via seamless credit card fuel up
  • Reduces renderer / hauler's pickup & grease trap frequency
  • Reduces delivery costs via food delivery endpoint fuel up
  • Attracts new customers by responding to climate change
  • Ensures waste cooking oil isn't drained into sewer pipes
  • Requires no extra work for the back of house at all

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"Flowtration Station"

"Cubie"


Frequently Asked Questions

 

The Flowtration Station is an integrated waste vegetable oil (WVO) refinery/fueling station for food establishments to passively recycle and retail waste cooking oil, profitably, without hassle to operations.
Simply drain waste cooking oil only (right from the fryolator into a clean “cubie” or other receptacle with no water, soap, or other contaminants) into the Flowtration Station, and it runs automatically. All we ask is that you do so the morning after draining it into a receptacle such as the “cubie” (approximately 4.4 gallon plastic container as pictured above) it came in, after the oil has cooled and settled a bit, for safety and to help in the filtration process.
We require non-hydrogenated vegetable-based cooking oil. Hydrogenated cooking oil and animal lard will clog our filters as fast as they clog your arteries, and they are too thick for our stations at normal temperatures. We will either approve of your oil or broker your establishment non-hydrogenated, non-GMO alternatives upon agreement. With that said, vegetable cooking oil used to fry chicken or fish is ok; as residual animal fats from frying will process out in the Flowtration Station, and any remaining minor residue will burn off upon engine combustion.
Please continue to dump solids into your renderer/haulers’ bin for their pickup. If they will not work with you once you sign a contract for waste cooking oil with 100th Grease Monkey, we will source a solids waste composting company in your area that will.
We offer tanks ranging from approximately 60 gallons to 1000 + gallons. We recommend going with a tank that is double the size of your typical weekly oil volume.
The “Grease Pump” is solar and battery powered. The “Flowbox” requires outdoor electrical access, and may be solar-powered or securely tied into your establishment's outdoor electrical power block.
While the tank size varies by your waste cooking oil consumption and sale, you have the option of a standalone vintage-style “Grease Pump,” which has an approximately 2’ x 3’ footprint with 9’ height and a solar panel that needs at least 6 hours of daily sunlight; or simply have the fuel interface and nozzle on the Flowbox refinery on top of the tank. Your establishment should dedicate a 2 parking spaces’ footprint to our machinery; including space for the tank, pump, effluent / solids bin; and for drivers to fuel up.
For lower oil volume restaurants, our vintage standalone “Grease Pump” is ideal outside the perimeter of your drive thru.
We can manufacture our “Grease Pump” in custom colors to match your establishment’s brand.
We will receive a “tank full alert” and send out a Flowtration Station service tech to purchase a small amount of waste vegetable oil (WVO) using our internal smartcard.
Yes. We will work with you to configure a larger volume system maintaining our processing time and fuel/component standards.
Not at all. The “Grease Pump” can be installed as close to or as far away from your establishment as you’d like; and it acts just like a conventional passive point of sale credit/debit gas pump.
Our “Grease Pump” fuel interface stands alone solar/battery powered; and the “Flowbox” processing equipment is estimated to use about 1231 kW per 100 gallons recycled monthly.
Yes. We can install solar panels on your establishment with electrical partners to offset the electrical consmumption of the Flowtration Station. We also may take advantage of machine to machine (M2M) wifi spread costs to reduce operating expenses for each machine.
Theoretically yes; it would be more efficient to reuse the waste cooking oil by attaching a VO diesel generator directly to your food establishment’s electrical supply to reduce electrical costs with diesel energy supplementation instead of fueling up vehicles. But in practice, food establishments do not use enough cooking oil to justify machine costs. In other words, the real ‘savings’ from a VO cogeneration setup do not live up to the purported electrical cost reduction benefit in consideration of lease and maintenance costs of installing a diesel generator at the establishment unless cooking oils from sources away from the food establishment are transported and added to the machine; thus defeating the benefit to the environment by actually increasing emissions from those cooking oil transport trucks (while also increasing fuel costs for the oil delivery).

By contrast, since food delivery trucks have to transport input materials to food establishments anyway, and since guests drive to eat at restaurants, the economic and environmental impact cost reductions of the Flowtration Station, coupled with broad adoption of VO diesel vehicle conversions to fuel up at the restaurants, are exponentially greater than any VO diesel cogeneration setup – even for very high-cooking-oil-volume food establishments.
Precedence exists for unconventional fueling systems at food establishments, such as petrol gas stations at BJ’s Wholesale Club or Stop n’ Shop; as well as numerous electrical vehicle charging stations near food shops. Additionally, although we heat the WVO to help in the refining process; we maintain its temperature well below the 160 – 232 degrees Celsius (320 – 450 degrees Fahrenheit) smoke point range of cooking oils. At this point in human history, can anyone really argue that a food institution would be less liable for hosting a gas station nearby than for hosting a vegetable oil station?
Our processing equipment “Flowbox” is protected with coded entry; our “Grease Pump” is locked; and the tank is sealed to prevent grease theft.
Our website provides grease consumption reports in the date range that you specify, and we will only work with accountable renderer/haulers for grease trap cleaning and solids removal.
We split payments as drivers fuel up using their credit or debit card with your establishment making more money from the sale of your WVO than you do now, and payments split at the end of the month after covering operational costs. . Please pre-register your establishment, and we will contact you for full breakeven calculation.