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Emulsification-free oil degumming process
Quality validation date:2012-06-06
Contrary to conventional belief, there is no need to employ emulsification in oil degumming processes. According to our new discovery, the conversion of nonhydratable phospholipids (NHP) to hydratable phospholipid (HP) can be enzymatically carried out in the oil phase. The resulting HPs can be easily removed through water degumming. No emulsification is involved throughout the process.
The process uses immobilized phospholipase as the catalyst in a mild reaction. Gentle stirring or a packed bed is used. Depending on the oil source, different types of phospholipases can be applied. For water degumming, an aqueous solution with or without a chelating agent or an acid can be employed to satisfy end requirements. Gum and degummed oil can be easily separated. The phosphorus level in the degummed oil can typically be reduced to less than 5 ppm.
The major advantages of SBC?s emulsification-free degumming process include:
1. Minimizes biocatalyst consumption and expense
2. Improves phosphorus control
3. Reduces neutral oil loss
4. Reduces gums produced
5. Reduces energy and chemicals involved
6. Simplifies the degumming process by eliminating need for a high shear mixer
Stage of development:Other
Stage description:Process development stage -All engineering documents are ready. Process design package has been completed. The company is waiting for a prototype, a company who will set up a demonstration unit or a company who will incorporate the technology into an existing system.
Property rights:Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted, Patent(s) granted, Secret know-how
Collaboration sought:Licence agreement, Marketing agreement, Manufacturing agreement, Financial support, Venture capital/spin-off funding
Collaboration Detail:Projects or cooperation to further marketing or commercial production/application of the technologies are welcome.
Market applications:Renewable energy, Food products (animal, human), Fine chemicals, Industrial chemicals, Transport fuels
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Organization:Sunho Biodiesel Corporation
Address: 10F-6, 380, Linsen N. Rd.
Subject index:Food, Materials Technology, Other Energy Topics, Biotechnology
Subject descriptors:Chemicals, Natural materials, Fuel technology, Biotechnology, Food science
Subject class:Energy, Materials, Industrial Manufacturing technologies, Biology, Medicine
Remarks:RESULTS Entry Form
Record control number:51638