Effective phase separation in agitated vessels


STC-Engineering GmbH, Germany started in the year 2016 the international research project called – LIPES - together with four partners from university and industry from four countries within the EU. LIPES – Life Integrated Process for the Enzymatic Splitting of triglycerides - is dedicated to bring the first market replication of greener and healthier fatty acids. The objective is to create high purity bio-based intermediates and end products from vegetable oils and fats without high temperature treatment.

During the LIPES project the partners developed and optimised this process for the splitting of triglycerides in the laboratory, pilot and demonstration scale during the last two years. After finishing the demonstration plant engineering in the middle of 2018, the consortium started the installation of the plant.

The basis for the demonstration plant was an existing demonstration plant at the Venette site of Oleon France. This plant was reconstructed and modernised during the last months to fit to the requirements of the new LIPES process. The consortium wants to finalise the plant installation till the end of 2018 . Latest in April 2019 all the necessary tests and start-up routines should finish and the plant will run their first production cycle. Till the end of this research project in the year 2021 the consortium will optimise the single process steps and the overall process to demonstrate this innovative process. This demonstration plant will be the first step on the road to a first production plant which will use this process.

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 720743. The duration of this project runs from 2016 to 2021.

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