This is why dairy companies are looking for new processes to ensure energy-efficient and resource-efficient production. A membrane process has been developed in Upper Austria which is more energy-efficient than conventional processes. Moreover, the molecular structure is not damaged as much. The membrane technology is one with integrated electrokinetics. Pantreon, a company with the patented ZELIX filter and flow technology and the patented HELIX-4D concept has a solid foundation upon which to set new standards. The process is particularly suited for use with viscous liquids, for higher concentrations as well as for biologically and chemically sensitive ingredients.
The process has shown a significant increase in performance in the biogas process or with regard to the concentration of whey proteins. The build-up of high voltage in the filter module leads to an enormous activation of the interfaces of molecular or colloid ingredients. This not only increases filter efficiency but also leads to a general intensification of processes. Promising results have also been chieved in the food and beverage industry.
"In this way a large market exists around the world for this innovative technology. The first industrial pilot plants for dairy companies and biogas are already being implemented. Application technology development for other potential areas of application has also been initiated," states Andreas Lüer, Managing Director of Pantreon. The project is being carried out in cooperation with the companies Innovum GmbH (electrokinetics), MBP Prielinger GmbH (flow engineering), MK-Automation (control) along with the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer at Johannes Kepler University Linz.
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