Joint-Research between AOM Australia and The University of Sydney on Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Filtration Technologies


(NEW SOUTH WALES) AOM Australia and The University of Sydney have received a joint research grant from Innovation Connections that will allow for a 6-month full-time research project to be implemented in October 2017.

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Innovation Connections is a Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science scheme aimed at providing small- and medium-sized businesses with access to expert technical advice to address technology and knowledge gaps, and collaborate with the research sector in developing new ideas with commercial potential.

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This joint research project aims to:

  • Determine and generate improved understanding of the characteristics of commercial kitchen exhaust based on existing works by ASHRAE. The project will study AS1668.2-2012 Type 4 (High-Grease) and Type 5 (Solid-Fuel) cooking exhaust.


  • Design and implement a standardized testing method to test the efficiencies of filtration equipment on commercial kitchen exhaust. This is also derived from works which have been started by ASHRAE. For instance, current filtration standards for electrostatic precipitators used in commercial kitchen exhaust filtration are based on dust spot efficiency tests (e.g. MERV) which have not been proven to correctly characterize commercial kitchen exhaust. In addition, this project will look to include efficiencies in odor mitigation which has not yet been studied.


  • Test efficiencies of existing filtration technologies to determine their efficiencies on grease particles, smoke particles, odor as well as solid fuel contaminants: Grease Filters, UV Light, Electrostatic Precipitators, Activated Carbon Filters and Ozone Injection.


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