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Enzymatic Oil Degumming    

Oil degumming is carried out enzymatically without emulsification. It not only simplifies the processing scheme, but also provides better phosphorus level control in the treated oil

Overview

Unlike conventionally believed, emulsification is not required for oil degumming. The process consists of lipase reaction and water degumming. This is the most advanced oil degumming technology available worldwide. It is totally environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

The key benefits include:
-minimizing lipase consumption and expense
-improving phosphorus level control in treated oil
-reducing neutral oil losses
-reducing gums produced
-reducing energy and chemicals required
-eliminating the need for a high shear mixer

Primary Application of the Technology

1. Edible oil refining
2. Biodiesel
3. Oleochemicals
4. Biobased polymers
5. Biolubricants
6. Biofuels

The Problem Solved by the Technology

The efficiency of enzymatic oil degumming has been questionable, even if it is believed to be an environmentally friendly process. The discovery made in this process removes doubt that the enzymatic process can efficiently convert nonhydratable phospholipids into hydratable phospholipids with high efficiency.

How the Technology Solves the Problem

The problem is solved by correcting the conceptual error believed and taught in the past.

Competitive Advantage

All the enzymatic processes available worldwide for degumming of oil strictly require emulsification. This idea is a misconception since emulsification is not a necessary requirement for enzymatic oil degumming.

The new process that does away with emulsification not only simplifies the processing scheme, it also assures product quality. Both the capital investment and operating costs can theoretically be the lowest for oil degumming. Compared to the current practice, the total savings can be up to 50%.

Patent Summary

U.S. Patent Classes & Classifications Covered in this listing:

Class 435: Chemistry: Molecular Biology And Microbiology

This class provides for the following subject matter when not provided for elsewhere: A process of using a microorganism or enzyme to synthesize a chemical product. A process of treating a material with a microorganism or enzyme to separate, liberate, or purify a preexisting substance. An in vitro process of measuring and testing in which: (1) A microorganism or enzyme is used to determine the presence or identity of a compound or composition in a sample; (2) A microorganism is identified by propagation; (3) An enzyme is identified by its catalytic activity; (4) The presence of microorganisms is detected; (5) A live microorganism is used in an antigen antibody test as an antigen; (6) Fixed or stabilized nonliving microorganisms, cells, or tissues are involved. A process of propagating a microorganism. A process in which the genetic structure of a microorganism or extrachromosomal genetic structure is altered. A process of organ or tissue maintenance. A process of mashing or malting. Microorganisms, per se, or the subcellular parts thereof. Enzymes, immobilized enzymes or enzyme containing compositions not otherwise provided for and the processes for purifying enzymes or forming immobilized enzymes. Compositions claimed or solely disclosed as for the propagation of microorganisms or for measuring and testing processes. Using microorganisms to destroy hazardous or toxic waste.

Subclass 41: MICRO-ORGANISM, TISSUE CELL CULTURE OR ENZYME USING PROCESS TO SYNTHESIZE A DESIRED CHEMICAL COMPOUND OR COMPOSITION
Subclass 174: CARRIER-BOUND OR IMMOBILIZED ENZYME OR MICROBIAL CELL; CARRIER-BOUND OR IMMOBILIZED CELL; PREPARATION THEREOF
Subclass 176: Enzyme or microbial cell is immobilized on or in an inorganic carrier
Subclass 177: Enzyme or microbial cell is immobilized on or in an organic carrier
Subclass 198: Triglyceride splitting (e.g., lipase, etc. (3.1.1.3))
Subclass 262: PROCESS OF UTILIZING AN ENZYME OR MICRO-ORGANISM TO DESTROY HAZARDOUS OR TOXIC WASTE, LIBERATE, SEPARATE, OR PURIFY A PREEXISTING COMPOUND OR COMPOSITION THEREFORE; CLEANING OBJECTS OR TEXTILES
Subclass 267: Treating animal or plant material or micro-organism
Subclass 271: Glyceridic oil, fat, ester-type wax, or higher fatty acid recovered or purified