Enzymes for oleochemicals

Optimized for lower costs

Oleochemicals scientist

A fully integrated, cost-competitive oleochemical solution

Enzymatic ester synthesis delivers a range of benefits, but historically has been costly. With our customers, we’ve undertaken an extensive optimization process. The result is a cost-competitive, fully integrated solution. Because we’ve optimized for a range of different techniques, we have a solution that’s right for your plant. And we have a technical service team in your region, ready to help you implement it.

Fat splitting though hydrolysis

Fatty acid is an integral element in a variety of products, from lubricants to foods.

The most common way to convert fats and vegetable oils in feedstocks into fatty acids and glycerol is through thermal fat splitting.

This high-temperature, high-pressure process is generally effective—but throughput is slow, and it requires a great deal of energy.

thermal fat splitting process

Enzymatic pre-splitting: a more efficient approach

Pre-splitting is a supplemental process in which an enzyme biocatalyst is added to water and feedstock before the thermal splitting process. This boosts the efficiency of thermal splitting, resulting in up to 30% energy savings and a higher degree of splitting—with little or no CAPEX cost.
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Oleochemicals webinar: Higher energy and water savings in your fat-splitting plant 

If you’re looking for an innovative way to maximize the value of your feedstock and boost the profitability of your oleochemicals business, join the Novozymes experts for our webinar on-demand.

pre-splitting webinar for oils and fats industry with oils as background

Higher yield and quality, lower costs

Whether you work with batch, continuous, jet loop or another system, we have optimized our solution for your process. That means Lipozyme® 435 gives you all the benefits of enzymatic esterification at a very competitive cost. These benefits include higher yields of purer esters, lower operational costs and a more sustainable process. 

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Purer oleochemical products, including MCTs

Enzymatic ester synthesis leads to fewer side reactions. Using Lipozyme® 435 gives you purer end products – including Mid Chain Triglycerides (MCT), monoglycerides, isopropyl esters and specialty esters. With less color and odor, these end products can meet the specifications of the segments you serve.


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