Advancement in Science or Technology: Large scale hotels, particularly in Europe and the Middle East, previously pumped all their greasy water into the basement and out into the sewage system, but this was causing blockages. Therefore, new legislation was introduced to make the hotels trap and environmentally dispose of the grease. FM Environmental wanted to create and integrate a grease trap technology into the current pumping systems that would be capable of handling thousands of litres of water. They also needed to provide a suitable pump, probe, viewing window and design an automated cleaning system.
Uncertainty: FM Environmental was unsure what sizes to make the tanks and what material to make them out of. They didn’t know how to isolate the grease and filter out the water, how often to pump the grease out, where the jets should be placed for automated cleaning or how to test such a large tank.
Solution: After a significant amount of research FM Environmental are currently constructing a prototype of their design for testing.