Characterizing a Novel Food Waste Recovery Process Using an Electrostatic Separator
Koonchun Lai, Sooking Lim, Pehchiong Teh, Kimho Yeap
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Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Perak, Malaysia
Submission date: 2016-01-20
Acceptance date: 2016-04-24
Publication date: 2016-10-05
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2016;25(5):2227–2232
Organic food waste compounds in landfills can heavily pollute the soil, aquifer, and air, mainly due to anaerobic transformation. This paper presents the outcomes of research on the waste separation process and recovery of food waste (FW) using an electrostatic separator. The separation process sorts the charged bodies from the uncharged under an intensive electric field. We studied influences of various parameters such as applied voltage, rotation speed, and electrode angle on the separation process. Results revealed that separation efficiency relies on a uniform electric field and separator configuration. To our best knowledge, this is the first characterization report for food waste recovery using an electrostatic separator.