Biosolutions for fat splitting

Save energy, achieve a higher level of splitting, increase capacity, and boost sustainability in the thermal fat splitting process with Novozymes Lipura® Split enzymatic Pre-Splitting Technology.

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Expect more energy savings in your fat splitting

As a fatty acid producer, achieving a 99% degree of splitting is one of your primary goals—but you have to balance that against challenges like energy costs and water usage.

Novozymes Lipura® Split enzymatic Pre-Splitting Technology addresses those challenges with easy-to-implement process that increases efficiency, sustainability, and profitability—with little or no CAPEX cost.


Thermal fat splitting: the current industry standard

Fatty acid is a building block for a wide variety of different products—from lubricants to foods.

In the thermal fat splitting process, fats and vegetable oils (triglycerides) are converted into fatty acids and glycerol using a high-pressure, high temperature process in a splitting tower.

Although thermal fat splitting is generally effective, throughput is slow, and requires a great deal of energy.

Triglyceride conversion happens in three stages. The first stage is slow as the water and fats mix. Most of the fat is split in the latter two stages. With our solution, you can expect to accelerate the rate of reaction in the first stage.

Split enzymatic Fat Splitting Technology

What is enzymatic pre-splitting and how does it work?

Pre-splitting is a supplemental process that makes thermal splitting far more efficient. Novozymes Lipura® Split—an enzyme biocatalyst—and water are added to any feedstock in an existing stir tank and agitated prior to introducing the mix into the splitting tower.

The enzymatic pre-splitting reaction greatly reduces—or even eliminates—the initial stage of the thermal splitting reaction, making the process far more efficient by reducing the amount of energy required—all without little or no CAPEX investment.

Watch the video to learn more about how the process works.


Pre-splitting with Novozymes Lipura® Split boosts delivers a number of significant benefits in the thermal fat splitting process.

Up to 30% energy savings

Decrease thermal splitting temperatures by as much as 30℃ without compromising the degree of splitting, to reduce the high pressure steam consumption up to 30%.

save up to 30% of energy in fat splitting process

Higher degree of splitting

Increase the degree of splitting (DOS) at the same flow if you choose not to lower the temperature of the thermal splitting reaction. Trials show an increase of 0.5% on the DOS at the same temperature of the normal process.

Increased throughput in fat splitting process

Increased throughput

Gain a higher level of productivity if you choose not to lower thermal splitting temperature. Industrial trials show that flow can be increased by up to 20% while keeping the same DOS depending on the capacity of the fatty acid installation.

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Up to 30% water savings

By substantially shortening/eliminating the initial phase, less water is required in the thermal splitting tower to achieve the same DOS. The initial splitting occurs enzymatically, in the pre-splitting step, where water present in the feedstock can be utilized.

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Pre-Splitting with Novozymes Lipura® Split

Whether you want to reduce energy, achieve a higher degree of splitting, increase throughput, or save water, enzymatic pre-splitting lets you find a balance that maximizes the value you get from your feedstock.

Want more details on Novozymes Pre-Splitting Technology? Download the application sheet.

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