Today, Trucent Inc. and Croda International Plc announce their partnership to manufacture and distribute Ascent™, a novel emulsion breaker chemistry to improve distiller’s corn oil (DCO) recovery within ethanol plants. The partnership brings together two companies with complementary knowledge and skillsets, who share deeply rooted values of sustainability and innovation.
In the Fall of 2018, technical product development experts at Croda and Trucent started work on Ascent, a chemistry with the ability to break the emulsions that had previously prevented corn ethanol producers from capturing the maximum amount of oil.
To develop the emulsion breaker, Trucent and Croda worked with existing Croda patented and bio-based ingredients. With Trucent’s experience and data in corn oil extraction, Croda was able to modify the design of the chemistry to break the dry grind ethanol corn syrup emulsion. For corn ethanol plants, this is a win-win situation, they will extract more DCO for less money using this sustainable Croda product.
“Ascent completes the third pillar of our purposefully designed corn oil extraction portfolio,” says Kevin Moore, VP of Advanced Separations at Trucent. “We now have the capability to serve our customers with mechanical, service, and chemistry-based offerings.” With successful trials now complete, Trucent is ready to bring this chemistry to market.
Greg Smith, Director Marketing & Sales for Croda says, “This is a great example of a project within our Smart Partnering Program at Croda. Innovating with industry experts like Trucent and linking them to our expertise in delivering novel, high performance, and innovative chemistry. This new solution is a game changer for ethanol producers who are recovering corn oil at their Mills. With bio-ethanol a key raw material for this new product, Ethanol producers using Trucent’s ‘Ascent’ product are participating in bringing this new technology to market.”
About Croda International
Established in 1925, Croda is the name behind high-performance ingredients and technologies in some of the world’s biggest and most successful brands: creating, making and selling specialty chemicals that are relied on by industries and consumers everywhere. Croda has a network of over 4,500 passionate and committed employees, working together as one global team across manufacturing sites and offices in 38 countries. They are a FTSE100 company with a flexible structure that allows them to focus on developing and delivering innovative, sustainable ingredients that their customers can build on in: Personal Care, Health Care, Crop Care, Polymer Additives, Lubricants, Coatings & Polymers, Geo Tech, Home Care and Industrial Specialties.
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Trucent is a leading separations technology and process developer, servicing multiple markets throughout North America, specializing in industrial fluid reclamation, improving the value of process co-products, and developing customized separations solutions. Through its innovative approach and expertise Trucent has improved the process, yield, and value of ethanol co-products. Trucent’s Corn Oil Separation System leads the industry in extraction efficiency, recovering more than $100M of distiller’s corn oil (DCO) per year. Working in partnership with ethanol producers, using advanced sampling and data analytics, Trucent ensures that processes are optimized to provide the greatest value to each individual facility. Building on its experience processing oils, Trucent has integrated technologies to create new and higher value products derived from DCO, including Purified Distiller’s Oil and Isolated Fatty Acids.