Centrifugal olive oil separator

Definition: 

Like a cream separator in a dairy, the liquid is spun, and this separates the heavier water from the oil.

Vertical centrifuges with perforated conical discs can act as

(1) a purifier, taking a little water from mostly oil;

(2) a skimmer, taking a little oil from a lot of water (if you want to scavenge the wastewater); or

(3) a clarifier, taking a little solid from a liquid phase (in order to remove particles from oil before final filtering).

Advantages:

- quick

- continuous process

- more efficient - higher yield

Disadvantages:

- expensive

- energy intensive