Reduction of Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions from Commercial Kitchens

EPA Contract Number: EPD10017
Title: Reduction of Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions from Commercial Kitchens
Investigators: Fokema, Mark
Small Business: Aspen Products Group, Inc.
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Phase: I
Project Period: March 1, 2010 through August 31, 2010
Project Amount: $70,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2010) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Air and Climate , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


Particulate matter (PM) and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from commercial cooking establishments are a subject of increasing concern around the world. Although increased awareness of the health hazards of respirable particulates and VOCs has promoted the development of new technologies to reduce emissions from restaurants, current technologies do not remove all hazardous air pollutants, have high capital cost, or have high operating costs.

A microstructured filter that will trap and oxidize PM and VOCs at low exhaust temperatures will be developed in the Phase I program. The proposed technology will destroy exhaust pollutants at high efficiency with low capital and operating costs.

There are approximately 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets in the United States, the majority of which contain cooking equipment that emits hazardous air pollutants. The proposed technology is adaptable to a wide variety of emission profiles and offers the potential for significant improvements in urban air quality.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, EPA, air pollution, air emissions, particulate matter, PM, respirable particulates, volatile organic compound, VOC, exhaust pollutants, commercial kitchen emissions, restaurant emissions, cooking emissions, cost-effective air emissions control,

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report
  • SBIR Phase II:

    Reduction of Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions From Commercial Kitchens  | Final Report