Renewable resources offer many opportunities in a wide range of industries. They provide food for the world’s population, are substitutes for fossil fuels, and consequently contribute towards the creation of completely new products and industrial processes. The economic management of natural resources is a pressing issue of our times.
Organic resources, both plant and animal-based, provide rich and renewable resources for both human consumption, such as oils and fats, and technical applications such as latex from rubber trees. The processing of these oils and fats is complex and involves many steps, and at the heart of the process is the centrifuge. Our expertise includes the following:
There is increasing demand for custom starch products and high purity proteins. Starch, like oils, is used for both human and animal consumption and a number of non-food applications. Our equipment is used throughout the stages of starch recovery – classification, separation, washing and concentration. This 2-phase and available 3-phase technology is used with:
Nature is an absolutely inexhaustible source of proteins. In addition to soy, the most important source of protein, many other crops have now become the focus of industrial interest. Here too, GEA Westfalia Separator supports a process management system which, besides product quality and quantity, places a focus on reducing water and energy consumption. In addition to protein, the valuable carbohydrates of these plants can also be obtained efficiently:
Fermentation and the processing of bio-products and intra- and extra-cellular products from sustainable raw materials is what we call industrial biotechnology. This important field allows for the production of alcohols like ethanol as fuel additives, as well as numerous valuable products, such as:
Vegetable oils are one of our most important primary foods. We have a wide range of solutions developed to maximize product quality and value. Our machines can be used in both the chemical and physical vegetable oil refining processes. Growing out of our interest in vegetable oils, GEA Westfalia Separator has taken a leadership role in developing processes which are now used in biodiesel production. These processes go beyond vegetable oils and include use of animal fats, as well as waste and recovered oils. We can offer complete biodiesel processing lines using the Connemann technology, or individual machines to refine, wash and separate of the various by-products of biodiesel production.
Our processing involves a wide variety of oils and fats including:
Backed up by our knowledge of the recovery and processing of oils and fats, starch and proteins, fermentation products and biofuels, we provide market support for established processes and give customers looking at new opportunities a decisive competitive edge. As a center of competence for innovative ideas and visions, GEA Westfalia Separator will partner with companies exploring new ideas and processes. Our support includes state-of-the-art process engineering, from laboratory trials through to industrial implementation.
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