Massachusetts-based Verenium Corporation, a developer of next-generation cellulosic ethanol, has signed a deal with Swedish provider of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling technologies Alfa Laval to market processes that degums vegetable oils, making them better for biodiesel production.
This Verenium press release says they’ll use Verenium’s Purifine PLC enzyme and Alfa Laval’s engineering services and equipment.
“Verenium is pleased to be working with Alfa Laval to expand Purifine’s global market penetration in the edible oil industry,” said Janet Roemer, Verenium’s Executive Vice President, Specialty Enzymes Business. “Together, our companies offer a comprehensive solution to increase efficiencies in edible oil and biodiesel production. Customers implementing Purifine enzymatic degumming through Alfa Laval have the security of process performance guarantees from a highly reputable, leading-edge engineering services company with proven technology and know-how in the edible-oils and biofuels industries.”
“Alfa Laval welcomes the collaboration with Verenium to bring leading edge enzyme technology to customers in the edible oil and biodiesel industries,” said Bent Sarup, General Manager for Alfa Laval’s Edible Oil Technology Business. “Use of the unique Purifine enzyme in combination with Alfa Laval’s equipment and plant design experience will enable customers to make significant steps to improve oil yields and separation efficiencies, thus fitting well with Alfa Laval’s corporate mission of optimizing our customer’s processes time and time again.”