TURBYLEC separator

TURBYLEC is a compact centrifuge separator developed in the frame of the HOVERSPILL European project (MultiEnvironment Air Cushion Oil Spill Fast Response & Post Emergency Remediation System).

In this specific context, this separator was first dedicated to the in-line separation of Oil-Water mixtures resulting from the skimming of an oil spill. For this purpose the efficiency of TURBYLEC has been proven during several test campaigns carried out at CEDRE laboratory in Brest. The results of these experiments have been presented at the International Oil Spill Conference held in Savannah in 2014 (TURBYLEC: development and experimental validation of an innovative centrifugal oil-water separator).


Thanks to its compactness, its low weight and its rapidity and ease of use TURBYLEC is a very attractive tool for remediation of accidental pollutions or more generally for remediation works of polluted soils and sites. The interest of TURBYLEC for this type of applications has been validated as part of a collaborative project with SUEZ Group.

More recently, separation performance of TURBYLEC has been validated for the treatment of bilge water in surface vessels of the French Navy.

Many other industrial applications can be foreseen for this novel technology.

The innovative concepts of TURBYLEC separator have been patented by YLEC Consultants in 2012 (DEVICE FOR SEPARATING TWO IMMISCIBLE FLUIDS OF DIFFERENT DENSITIES BY CENTRIFUGATION).


TURBYLEC qualification for bilge water treatment - Tests with the French Navy

Oil/Water separation


Here is a presentation of our TURBYLEC centrifuge oil-water separator.


Have a look to our presentation at IOSC2014 relative to the development of TURBYLEC separator.


YLEC Consultants has recently applied two patents relative to processes aiming at controlling the position of Oil-Water interface within gravity and centrifuge separators:

  • STABYLEC: patent not published yet


The innovative concepts of these novel processes have been experimentally validated.


Main features:

  • Automatic positioning of Oil-Water interface
  • Simple physical principle based on hydrostatic law: no measurement (no Oil-Water interface sensor required), no electronic control system
  • Static and passive solution enabling to position the Oil-Water interface at a pre-determined height, whatever:
    • Oil and Water flow rates
    • Oil and Water densities (even in case of accumulation of an emulsion layer)