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Varec Biogas

Varec (VApor RECovery Specialty Company) began business in the 1930's at its manufacturing plant in Compton, California. Varec was there in the infancy stage of the biogas market in the early 1950's. From the onset, Varec's focus was to deliver Biogas Handling products that suited customers' specific requirements, even if it meant creating the product off the drawing board. Varec initially sold direct to end-users and in the 1970's instituted a Sales Representative Network that catered to Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants. A select number of Sales Representatives in the United States helped Varec acquire approximately 90% installed base from the 2,500 Wastewater Treatment Plants that utilize Anaerobic Digesters for Biosolids Treatment built between the mid-60's to late 70's. Today, Varec Biogas is 100% dedicated in providing total solutions to the biogas market. In February, 2003, Westech Industrial Inc. acquired the biogas portion of the Varec business from Tyco Valves and Controls, LP Inc.

Foam Separator

Varec Biogas 231 Foam Separator

The Varec Model 231 Foam/Gas Separator is designed for use in piping systems to remove foam caused by agitation from the digester discharge gas. The foam must be dispersed and collected in order to protect downstream equipment from corrosion or clogging. The Foam/Gas Separator is typically installed in the gas piping as it exits the digester. Entrained foam and solids are removed from the gas as it flows through the device. This is accomplished by subjecting the gas/foam mixture to a direct spray of water inside the chamber. The gas must then rise vertically nine feet past an internal baffle in order to flow from the tank. Foam and solids are heavier than gas, and the combination of the large vertical rise the gas has to travel, and the continuous spray of water will knock the foam out of the gas and direct it to the bottom of the chamber. The foam is removed via a drain connection. A visual flow indicator is provided in the drain line to confirm water flow. Liquid level switches allow high and low-level alarms to be used. At low water condition, source power is routed through the low-level switch to a low water alarm. Once the water level rises above the low-level switch, power is routed to the water solenoid valve energizing it open. If for any reason, the water level rises above the high level switch, power is then routed to a high level alarm. At this high level condition, the “knock down” water solenoid valve is de-energized closed which stops the water flow.



  • All Stainless Steel Construction
  • Continuous Spray Wash System
  • Removes Foam and Particulates
  • Alarms for High and Low Water Level
  • Large Reservoir with Baffle
  • Visual Drain Flow Indicator