Portuguese biodiesel firm develops new palm oil extraction tech
Portuguese biodiesel plant manufacturer IncBio has developed a new crude palm oil (CPO) extraction technology that the company says can achieve an oil extraction rate of more than 25 percent, thereby increasing oil extraction by an additional 25 percent.
“Considering [the oil extraction rate] for the Malaysian palm oil industry was 20.1 percent in 2016, this represents a potential efficiency gain of 25 percent,” the company stated. “That is 25 percent more oil with the same fresh fruit bunches.”
IncBio says its technology also reduces water usage at traditional crude palm oil mills by 60 percent and effluent discharge by 50 percent. Also, the company says the process itself guarantees that the effluent has 0.01 percent or less of oil contamination, which removes the existence of oxidation lagoons. As a result, IncBio says palm oil mills using its new technology reduces methane emissions by 50 percent, and can be equipped with options to completely eliminate methane emissions with compost or gasification units.
The technology can be implemented in new or existing palm oil mills.
IncBio’s patented milling technology has been implemented for two years in a 30 metric ton per hour mill.