CORBION AND BRPROCESS

brprocess, after a joint development with Corbion, a Dutch company and the world’s leading producer of lactic acid and derivatives with a factory in Brazil, brings to the market an exclusive partnership for the improvement of industrial refining and pretreatment biodiesel plants.
The use of lactic acid in the processing of vegetable oils, especially enzymatic degumming with PLA, has a number of advantages over traditional acids (especially citric acid).

THE TECHNOLOGY

Our development team came to the association of lactic acid with sodium carbonate as a pH regulator in place of caustic soda for enzymatic degumming. The combination brings robust results, such as:

  • Robustness, low P values, both on lab and industrial scale

  • Savings on acid (lactic vs citric): lower dosage and lower price

  • No risk of unpredictable stops due to precipitation of citrates over heat exchangers and HSS

  • No risk of unpredictable stops due to precipitation of citrates over heat exchangers and HSS

  • One less attention: control point to operator (acid dosage after reactor, no need of monitoring PH of lysogums)

  • Low dosage of alkali to neutralize lysogums

  • Technology also developed for the new generation of enzymes

RESULTS

The research and verification of results resulted in the application of two patents, one of them already applicable to the enzymes of the next generation.

Two companies in Brazil already use enzymatic degumming technology, reducing costs, using safer operational inputs, as well as ensuring productivity by avoiding the precipitation of citrates in heat exchangers and centrifuges and ensuring more stable residual phosphorus.
A formulation based on lactic acid was also tested for substitution of other acids in biodiesel washing, with satisfactory results.

TESTS WITHOUT COST

Corbion provides industrial testing samples at no cost, and brprocess engineers follow these tests for process tuning and validation of earnings and benefits.

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