PEF for sugar production

Product Examples: Sugar beet sucrose, sugar cane.

Aim of PEF Treatment: Cell disintegration, structure modification.

Sucrose Extraction

PEF treatment, by permeabilizing cell membranes, facilitates tissue softening and enhanced mass transport. This leads to improved sucrose extraction from sugar beets, resulting in higher product quality and purity, as well as increased process capacity. Sugar beet processing becomes more uniform with pulsed electric field processing, evening out the structure and reducing seasonal variation in raw materials. Consequently, there is an improvement in refining efficiency and a significant reduction in energy input and water usage. A related process is the extraction of inulin from chicory root. Refer to: Dietary fiber.

Benefits of PEF

  • Targeted and controllable structural modification through cell membrane permeabilization.
  • Enhanced product handling due to tissue softening.
  • Reduction in cutting force required.
  • Improved extraction and refining, leading to increased process capacity.
  • Higher extraction and refining yields.
  • Enhanced juice and sucrose purity.
  • Higher process efficiency with significant reductions in energy, labor, and operational costs.
  • Continuous process and rapid technique.
  • Compact equipment footprint and quick process startup.
  • Low energy requirements.

More Information

Pulsemaster has developed a range of industrial-scale equipment, named Conditioner, with treatment capacities from 1,000 kg/h to 50,000 kg/h (110,000 lb/h) for cell disintegration of sugar beets. On a commercial scale, total costs are expected to be around 1 Euro/ton (0.1 Eurocent per kg / 0.056 US Dollarcent per lb). There are practically no size limitations.


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