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Ascent™ Emulsion Breaker: Extract More Corn Oil

Ascent Emulsion Breaker

How Does it Work?

All emulsion breakers (also known as demulsifiers) are fundamentally similar: They break an emulsion by separating water and oil components. Before dosing, the oil droplets in your fluid are quite scattered (as seen on the far left of Figure 1). When the chemistry penetrates the emulsion, the oil droplets begin to flocculate and coalesce to form larger droplets. These larger droplets are much easier to separate and capture via centrifugation, thus increasing your DCO yield.

How Chemistry Works

What Makes Ascent™ Different?

Ascent™ is purposefully designed to break the emulsions of Distillers Corn Oil (DCO) formed in the water phase at dry grind ethanol plants. It was developed through a collaboration that combined Croda’s performance chemical expertise (a leader in natural surfactant development) and Trucent’s analytical know-how, advanced screening tools, and decades of experience designing oil extraction and separation technology.

The resulting emulsion breaking chemistry compliments our mechanical separation strategies. It is made from ethanol and produced in plants across the US.

The key to its effectiveness is that Ascent™ offers more surface area to bind droplets together, breaking emulsions more efficiently, fostering more rapid coalescence than the traditional polysorbate-based demulsifiers.

Corn oil yield with Ascent

In addition to the performance benefits, this emulsion breaker can be partnered with the Trucent Oil Tracking program. This program focuses on measuring your corn oil extraction units’ efficiency by putting the responsibility in our hands. We track syrup quality weekly, report out which factors affect your process, and monitor and evaluate any corn oil production changes.

Ascent™ completes the third pillar of our fully optimized corn oil extraction portfolio. We can help you advance your DCO extraction through mechanical, service, and chemical-based offerings. No one else offers this level of comprehensive corn oil extraction service.

The Trucent Difference: Better Outcomes with a Process-Oriented Approach

We’re dedicated to a process-oriented approach. This has meant spending decades investing in a team that goes beyond equipment experts and engineers to include individuals with a deep understanding of the ethanol industry and DCO extraction. They are doing ground-breaking research into emulsion breaking and how to capture more oil.

That comprehensive team will work with you to find the right intervention, use the right technology, and match it to the right application. But every solution begins with a conversation. Contact us today to start that conversation and find better demulsification and corn oil separation solutions.


Comprehensive DCO Extraction Products, Solutions & Services

Trucent provides comprehensive DCO extraction solutions. We can help you reduce your costs, optimize your existing extraction equipment—or design an entirely new approach. We can install one piece of equipment or install a team to manage your extraction process on a regular basis. The goals remain the same: lower costs, higher yields, a healthier environment, and a healthier bottom line.

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Distillers Corn Oil (DCO) Programs
Corn oil separation system

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Third COSS Module Adds $1.2M in DCO Annually


Adding a third Corn Oil Separation System (COSS-SL) module helps Midwestern ethanol producer generate $1.2M annually and decrease additive costs by $300K.


Within weeks, the third COSS installation and integration was compatible and produced 24% more DCO (limited by feed fat feed tag requirements). In addition, a 70% reduction in chemical usage was achieved.

“Ascent has been the most consistent [demulsifier] we’ve ever seen in the plant.”

Ed Thomas, Plant Manager, Carbon Green BioEnergy
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