Supercritical Fluid CO2 Extraction System SCFE

Salient Features

World-Class Technology For Natural Products

Commercial Applications Of SCFE Extractor Systems

Advantages Of SCFE System

Advantage Of CO2 As A Solvent

Process Description For Lab-Scale Plants

The Carbon dioxide gas from the cylinder is first liquefied & then pressurized above the critical pressure of co2 (73.8 bar) to the required pressure necessary for extraction. This high pressure liquid co2 is then heated above the critical temperature of co2 (31 °C) to the required temperature. co2 which is now in supercritical phase (sco2) enters the extractor where the raw material is fed in powder form & the extraction is achieved on the basis of solubility. The compounds dissolved in sco2 finally come to the separator at atmospheric pressure & get precipitated. co2 leaving the separator is then measured by passing it through a CO gas flow meter.

Process description for commercial scale plant

The raw material in powder form is fed to the extractor. The liquid carbondioxide from the co2 tank is precooled by passing it through the precooler. This precooled liquid carbon dioxide is then pressurized by means of a positive displacement plunger pump to a pressure above the critical pressure of co2 (i.e. 73.8 bar). High pressure liquid co2 is then heated above the critical temperature of co2 (i.e 31 °C) by passing it through preheater. co2 which is now in the supercritical state enters the extractor in which the raw material is loaded. The sco2 dissolves substances on the basis of solubility, depending on operating conditions. The sco2 with soluble extracts enters the separators where the pressure & temperature are reduced sequentially so that solubility decreases & extract precipitates in the separators. Finally the clean co2 without any traces is recycled back to the co2 tank via condenser.

Amar make high pressure reactors are a critical part of supercritical fluid extraction equipment designed and manufactured by us. These units are used for various purposes including Extraction of natural products such as spice oil & oleoresins, flavors, fragrances, colors, Decaffeination of tea & coffee, Production of uniform &ultra fine particles, Supercritical Co (SCO ) textile dyeing of fabrics, Supercritical Co (SCO ) cleaning of high precision metal components, Drying of aerogels, etc. As opposed to the traditional solvent extraction systems, these systems are eco-friendly, more reliable, efficient and safer. End product of very high to ultra high purity can be obtained with the help of accurately designed SCFE systems.

Model no. Working volume (ltr) Feed capacity* (kg/day)
E1331 0.1 0.24
E1431 0.25 0.6
E2131 0.5 1.2
E2331 1 2.4
E2431 2 4.8
E2531 5 12
E3131 10 24
E3331 25 60
E3431 50 120
E3531 100 240
E3631 200 480
E3731 500 1200
E3831 1000 2400
Volume (ltr) Design pressure (bar) Design temperature (°C)
Standard Optional Standard Optional
0.1 to 2 350 500, 700 100 200
5 to 25 350 500 100
50 to 100 350 NA 100 150
200 to 1000 350 NA 100

Notes:

  • The feed capacity is assuming bulk density of 0.4 kg/ltr of feed, 6 batches/day & one extractor. 5 ltr & above can be offered with 2 extractors & the feed capacity shall double the above given capacity.
  • 5 ltr & above systems are offered with co2 recycling & PLC controls.

Optional Accessories

Note: All accessories may not be applicable for above models.

Optional Accessories

Note: All accessories may not be applicable for above models.