FogBusters, Inc.

FogBusters provides a new type of oil water separation equipment superior to DAF, API, skimmers and other equipment. Gets water a lower cost...with no chemicals or sludge...with a smaller carbon footprint...more reliably...and more sustainably. Achieves FOG levels of <100 ppm. The extracted oil is very pure and saleable as biodiesel feedstock. Replace your DAF or install FogBuster upstream from your DAF to cut chemical use, sludge output, operating costs and DAF upsets. FDA & USDA food grade version can extract fat, oil or grease from process water for reuse or sale. Useful in food processing, lotion manufacture, tanneries and production of surfactants and oleochemicals. FogBusters` PAVE technology (Pressure-Assisted Vertical Exit) is a unique, closed top system that uses hydraulic pressure to greatly accelerate separation. Extracted oil bubbles out of valve on top of separator and into oil collection tank. Gravity-driven. Any pH. Outdoors or Indoors.

Company details

24 Buckeye Ave , Oakland , California 94941 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater - Water Treatment
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)
Year Founded:
1,000,000 - 10,000,000 €

The leading competitive equipment for oily wastewater is Dissolved Air Flotation DAF. DAF requires costly chemicals and produces an oily mixed-waste sludge that must often be disposed of in landfills at significant cost. Moreover, DAF works only in a narrow pH range, is effective only on wastewater with low FOG concentrations and fails at higher oil concentrations.

Key Features & Benefits

  • Extracts FOG without the use of chemicals.
  • Some TSS and BOD/COD extracted with the FOG.
  • Extracts and compacts gross solids.
  • Keeps you in compliance.
  • Reduces carbon footprint.
  • Cuts chemicals.
  • Cuts sludge trucking and disposal costs.
  • Lowers operating labor cost.
  • Extracted FOG can be a marketable byproduct.
  • Easy to install without disrupting ongoing operations.
  • High effluent throughput (up to 400 GPM per module).
    • Multiple modules for larger volumes.
    • Smaller models available for smaller volumes.
  • Handles lard, margarine, palm oil and other “problem oils.”
  • Small footprint. Works at any PH. Indoor or outdoor use.
  • A proven system in routine commercial use in multiple industrial applications!


The FogBuster works on a wide range of applications including the following:

  • Processed Foods
  • Rendering
  • Salad Dressings
  • Snack Foods and Chips
  • Mayonnaise
  • Spreads, Margarine
  • Vegetable Oils
  • Transportation
  • Meat Processing
  • Poultry processing
  • Chocolate Manufacturing
  • Dairy Products
  • Baked Goods
  • Nut Butters
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Lotions/Cosmetics
  • Frozen Food Manufacturers
  • Pet Food Processors
  • Cooking facilities (frying, crisping, etc. such as potato chips, fish, chicken, french fries, ready meals, TV dinners)
  • Soaps and Surfactants
  • Ethanol Production
  • Tanneries
  • Emollients and Cosmetic Lotions
  • Surfactant Producers

FogBusters is significantly “greener” than the alternative systems based on a number of sustainability advantages:

  • It gets water cleaner (lower ppm of FOG)
  • Significantly reduces the use of chemicals
  • Reduces the generation of oil sludge that otherwise requires trucking costs
  • Reduces landfill usage
  • Reduces the malfunction of downstream wastewater treatment systems
  • Facilitates recycling of waste FOG for biodiesel production and other uses.
  • Most biofuel feedstocks (corn, canola, oil palm and other oil crops) divert cropland and other resources from food production (the food vs. fuel dilemma).
  • Recovers oil in a valuable/saleable form instead of an oily sludge with costly disposal issues.
  • Removes suspended solids and insoluble BOD/COD (which are other key contaminants).
  • In some cases, carbon footprint reduction