GREEN BARBECUES - NO POLLUTION
|Source: Stock Image of Steak on a Grill|
German scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) have invented a technology that cuts toxic carbon fumes from barbecues by 90%. The IBP team studied and analyzed the toxic pollutants emitted by charcoal grills, pizza ovens and bread ovens and innovated a new system to greatly reduce it. Their research was commissioned by the German Environment Agency. By some estimates, the pollution emitted from a barbecue for a family of four is the equivalent of driving a car for 90 miles.
The IBP scientists demonstrated that the BBQ grill produces nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, benzene and hydrocarbons - many of which are harmful to human health. They found that the pollution is produced by incomplete combustion of
fats combining with the type of fuel used. The higher the fatty content of the meat, the higher the amount of pollution.
New Prototype Technology
The IBP scientists' solution is new technology that treats the fat before it generates toxic pollution. They say it reduces the exhaust fumes by 90%. Their technology is in the prototype stage with very promising commercial prospects.