Leading biotechnology company Novozymes has launched an enzymatic solution for renewable diesel feedstock pre-treatment.
Building on its experience in enzymatic degumming, the company has developed Quara LowP for use for both oilseed crushers and renewable feedstock pretreatment processors, Novozymes said on 9 November.
Quara LowP could be used to process hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) feedstocks.
“Quara LowP offers producers the flexibility to process blends of feedstocks,” Novozymes vice president of marketing, ag & industrial biosolutions Hans Ole Klingenberg said.
According to the company’s website, Quara LowP increases yield by up to 2% when compared to alkaline refining or acid degumming by targeting removal of phosphorous and metals, leaving valuable neutral oils for improved oil recovery.
The product also maximises bleaching clay reduction, minimises oil losses by absorption and reduces waste handling and disposal costs, according to the company.
In addition, Quara LowP yielded a byproduct with lower viscosity containing less oil, which was easier to handle than soap stock and acid gums, Novoyzmes said.
Novozymes’ focus is on the research, development and production of industrial enzymes, micro-organisms, and bio-pharmaceutical ingredients.