Oilseed Processing

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Oilseed Processing

What is
Oilseed Processing?

Oilseed processing is the process of removing oil from oilseed.

Oilseed processing begins with the harvesting of oilseed on the farm where its grown, and continues through oilseed extraction where the oil in the oilseed is extracted, clarification, packaging, storage and shipping of the final oilseed oil.  Oilseed processing depends on several variables including the type of oilseed as well as the location, could be fully automated, or may require people to hand pick the oilseeds or nuts. 

Small-scale oilseed processing is of interest as a potential on-farm or community enterprise that can increase income and employment in rural areas.

Many seeds, nuts and kernels contain oil, a vegetable oil, which can be used after it's removed, in the following uses;

Some of these oils may also be used to replace certain petroleum-based lubricants and fuels

At present, B100 Biodiesel, which is esterified vegetable oil, has found a market niche because its use reduces America's dependence on oil from OPEC and the middle east.  In addition, using B100 Biodiesel instead of "dirty diesel" (diesel fuel produced from crude oil) reduces the hazardous exhaust emissions and soot emissions.  B100 Biodiesel use produces zero new "net" greenhouse gas emissions.

Small-scale oil extraction is more common in other parts of the world than the U.S.


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Basic Steps in Oilseed Processing

The basic steps in oilseed processing include the raw materials preparation, which includes removing husks or seed coats from the seeds and separating the seeds from the chaff.

Oil Extraction

Oil extraction typically begins with oilseed crushing - can be done mechanically with an oil press, expeller, or even with a wooden mortar and pestle—a traditional method that originated in India. 

Several types of small-scale extractors are commercially available, both imported from other countries and manufactured in the U.S. Oils can also be extracted with solvents, but solvent extraction is a complex operation. 


Clarification removes contaminants, such as fine pulp, water, and resins. Oil can be clarified by allowing it to stand undisturbed for a few days and then removing the upper layer. If further clarification is needed, the oil may be filtered through a plastic funnel fitted with a fine filter cloth. Finally, the oil may be heated to drive off traces of water and destroy any bacteria.

Packaging and storage

Use of clean, dry containers to package and store oils can help to prevent rancidity. Sealed glass or plastic bottles are adequate. It is preferable if they are colored and kept in a dark box. The shelf life of oil can be expected to be 6–12 months if it is adequately packaged and kept away from heat and sunlight.

We provide VRU engineering, emissions engineering and VRU economic feasibility analysis, as well as VRU sales and marketing on a strict "vendor-neutral" basis.


Clean Power Generation

Running on "green fuel" such as Biomethane, B100 Biodiesel, Synthesis Gas or natural gas, our CHP Systems are the greenest "clean power generation" systems available.

With Natural Gas at approximately $4.00/mmbtu, our Clean Power CHP Systems  generate power for about $0.04 / kWh (fuel cost).

With operations & maintenance added, that's  about 5.5 cents /kWh - or approximately 50% - 60% less than what most commercial customers are paying, on average, for their electricity.

CHP Systems
(Cogeneration and Trigeneration) Plants 
Have Very  High Efficiencies, Low Fuel Costs & Low Emissions

The CHP System below is rated at 900 kW with a 
heat rate of 4100 btu/kW & system efficiency of 92%.

The CHP System below features: (2) Natural Gas Engines @ 450 kW each 
on one skid with optional Selective Catalytic Reduction system 
which removes Nitrogen Oxides to "non-detect."



A CHP System may be the best solution for your company's economic and environmental  sustainability as we "upgrade" natural gas to clean power with our clean power generation solutions.  CHP Systems and Dispersed Generation power plants are an ideal solution for data centers, district energy systems electric utilities, electric co-ops, electrical sub-stations, energy service companies, food processing plants, hospitals, military bases and  universities among many others. 

High-efficiency CHP Systems eliminate blackouts, electric grid supply problems and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and hazardous air pollutants associated with electric power generation at central power plants.  Our emissions abatement solutions reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) to "non-detect" and can be installed and operated in most EPA non-attainment regions!


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