Oleochemicals & biofuels

In the realm of oleochemicals and biofuels, the transformation of animal or vegetable fats into valuable products like fatty acids, fatty alcohols, methyl esters, glycerine and biodiesel or sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a testament to the industry's commitment to sustainable practices. These products serve as core components for a wide array of everyday items, highlighting the critical role of efficient production processes. Central to these processes are reciprocating pumps, which Peroni Pompe has expertly designed to meet the rigorous demands of oleochemistry.

Oleochemistry: A Sustainable Approach to Everyday Products

Oleochemistry capitalizes on renewable raw materials, such as vegetable oils from rapeseed, soybean, palm, palm kernel, and sunflower, to produce compounds essential for various products. The initial step in oleochemistry involves fat separation, where the fatty acid phase is distinguished from the glycerol phase, typically through high-pressure lipolysis. This method is celebrated for its gentle and environmentally friendly approach, eschewing the need for additional chemicals or catalysts.

Subsequent stages refine the raw glycerine into a pure distillate and process raw fatty acids through methods like saponification, fractionation, transesterification, distillation, and hydrogenation. These steps underscore the necessity for robust fatty acid pumps capable of handling the diverse requirements of oleochemical production.

Within the broader context of oleochemistry, the production of biofuels, such as biodiesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), represents a significant stride towards reducing reliance on fossil fuels and mitigating environmental impact. Biodiesel, derived from the transesterification of vegetable oils or animal fats with methanol, offers a renewable, biodegradable, and cleaner-burning alternative to traditional diesel fuel. Similarly, SAF, produced through various processes including the hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) method, provides the aviation industry with a sustainable fuel option that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional jet fuel. The expansion into biofuel production not only diversifies the applications of oleochemistry but also underscores the sector's role in advancing sustainable energy solutions. This evolution further amplifies the demand for specialized pumps, such as biofuel pumps, that are designed to meet the rigorous standards of biofuel production processes, ensuring efficiency, reliability, and compliance with environmental regulations.

Location: Fatty alcohol production (Indonesia) - Pump: PTO 190 - Fluid: Fatty alcohol + catalyst - Capacity: 64 m3/h - Pressure: 250 bar - Temperature: 220 °C

Location: Fatty acid production (Saudi Arabia) - Pump model: Titano 3130N - Fluid: Crude oil/Process water - Capacity: 16 m3/h - Pressure: 60 bar - Temperature: 110 °C

The Role of Reciprocating Pumps in Oleochemical Processes

Reciprocating plunger pumps are indispensable in oleochemistry, facilitating the movement of media through various production stages. These pumps are tasked with transporting materials that are not only corrosive but also require handling under stringent environmental and safety standards. The challenge is further compounded by the need for continuous operation; any downtime or maintenance leads to significant production halts and economic losses. Typical reciprocating pumps in Oleochemical Processes are Fatty acid pumps, Fat splitting pumps, Wax esther pumps.

Peroni Pompe's Expertise in Oleochemicals and Biofuels

Peroni Pompe's oleochemicals pumps are engineered to address the unique challenges of the oleochemical industry. Recognizing the aggressive nature and high temperatures of the media involved, these pumps are designed with materials and components that ensure durability and reliability. Plunger pumps, in particular, offer an ideal solution for the demands of fatty acid pumping in oleochemistry, thanks to their conservative dimensioning in terms of speed and load, resulting in minimal wear, extended maintenance intervals, and prolonged service life.

The adaptability of Peroni's plunger pumps allows for precise regulation of pumping capacity by adjusting the speed, with frequency-controlled drives optimizing performance and efficiency. Capable of delivering the required pressures and flow rates for the various processing stages of fatty acids, these pumps can handle pressures up to 300 bar and flow rates of 100 m3/h, as well as media temperatures up to 290°C.

VVF – India
Saudi Kayan – Saudi Arabia
PT ESM – Indonesia
Aribhawana Utama – India
Godrej – India

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