What is an Electrostatic Precipitator?

Also known as ESP systems, an electrostatic precipitator system is a collection system for removing mist, smoke, grease, and even odor from a commercial kitchen. It does this by using an electric charge to generate static electricity to attract these contaminants from the airflow, and pulling them into charged collection plates or cells that trap them without significantly impeding the airflow of the kitchen’s exhaust. These plates can then be cleaned, replaced or even have an automatic “washing” function within the ESP to keep the plates clean and continuing to collect contaminants without having to get manually involved in cleaning and maintaining them often.

Most ESP systems are highly efficient. For example, the SMOG HOG electrostatic precipitator removes over 95% of all mist, smoke, fumes, and even microscopic contaminants in a “single-pass” configuration and over 97% in a “double-pass” configuration.

Electrostatic precipitators from Sacramento, CA installed in the Sandia Casino & Resort

Commercial grade electrostatic precipitators are essential for protecting the environment, as well as complying with federal, state and local environmental regulations. Considering that many commercial kitchens are located in densely populated areas such as high-rise buildings, shopping malls and neighborhoods, using an ESP system to eliminate annoying smoke and odor is just part of being a “good neighbor.”

Electrostatic precipitators from Sacramento, CA installed in the Sandia Casino & Resort

Other Uses of Electrostatic Precipitators

Commercial kitchens are just a small sector of industries that use ESP systems to manage air pollution. The electrostatic precipitator has been in use for over 100 years now. The first commercial use of an ESP system was patented by Fredrick Cottrell, a chemist, in 1908. Early users of ESP technology used it to remove sulfuric acid mists and lead oxide from smelting and acid-creation processes.

Electrostatic precipitators have been a standard air pollution control device for industrial manufacturing, power generation, petrochemical refining, waste incineration and many other industries for many years. These industries depend on ESP systems to remain in compliance with environmental regulations all over the world.

Need a SMOG HOG Electrostatic Precipitator for Your Commercial Cooking Operation?

Look no further than Matrix Systems. We provide commercial cooking exhaust systems that include SmogHog electrostatic precipitators in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, or any of the surrounding areas. For more information, give us a call at either (510) 822-5167 in the Bay Area or (530) 273-5474 in the Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada area, complete our online contact form, or email us at mquinlan@2mxs.com.