The Environmental Protection Agency is funding a Univeristy of California project which seeks to limit emissions from grease drippings in your grill. The project creates a special tray to catch them and has a catalytic filtration system.
The project costs $15,000 and has the “potential for global application” according to the school.
According to the Washington Examiner:
The school is proposing two fixes to reduce emissions from barbecues. First, they want to cut back on grease flare-ups. The idea: “A slotted and corrugated tray is inserted immediately prior to meat flipping, and removed immediately after. This short contact time prevents the tray from over-heating and volatilizing the collected grease. This collected grease will then drip off into a collection tray and can be used at the pit master’s discretion.”
But, total capture isn’t “practical,” so a filter and fan are proposed for installation. “The secondary air filtration system is composed of a single pipe duct system which contains a specialized metal filter, a metal fan blade, a drive shaft, and an accompanying power system with either a motorized or manual method. This system can be powered by either an exterior electric motor with a chain-driven drive shaft, directly spinning the fan blade, or a hand-powered crank,” said the project write-up.
One thing is for sure, with the EPA involved, the price of grills are certain to go up.