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Global engineering company Crown has announced the completion of its liquids pilot plant.

The new facility offered facilities for testing, validating, scaling and commercialising renewable diesel/hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and biodiesel; edible oils; oleochemicals; and speciality liquid extraction products, the company said on 14 April.

“We designed the Liquids Pilot Plant to offer… oils and fats refining and pre-treatment solutions for renewable fuels, biodiesel, edible oil and oleochemical companies,” Crown president and general manager Kris Knudson said.

Specific features of the plant include: Crown’s RD Ready pre-treatment system; a double shell packed column continuous deodoriser; fat-splitting technologies to allow for variations in feedstock quality and multi-purpose distillation column for cleaner biodiesel and fatty acids; analytical lab testing and R&D, training and real-world testing.

A division of CPM Holdings, Minnesota-based Crown has additional offices in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, the UK and Ukraine.

According to its website, Crown offers custom process engineering, equipment, piloting and aftermarket support for crushing, refining, biofuels, oleochemicals, plant-based proteins and other speciality extraction.