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The Top Ten Benefits of Supercritical CO2 Extraction

June 6, 2011

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Phasex Corporation has developed a Top Ten List providing interesting information and insight about supercritical fluid extraction services.

  1. Single step extraction is tailored to achieve highly concentrated products.
  2. Extracts and spent biomass are free of solvent residues.
  3. Mild operating temperature ensures product stability and quality.
  4. Supercritical CO2 is universally accepted as a "friendly" and fully recyclable solvent.
  5. Product recovery is accomplished via a simple pressure reduction.
  6. Hazardous solvent wastes are eliminated.
  7. Compounds in a complex mixture can be selectively separated using the pressure dependent dissolving power of supercritical fluids.
  8. Supercritical fluids can penetrate and extract from micro-porous substrates because of gas-like diffusion properties and the absence of surface tension limitations.
  9. Lower operating costs are often realized because compression energy is more efficient than distillation energy.
  10. Large scale supercritical fluid extraction of low price, commodity items such as coffee, tea, and saw palmetto indicates that supercritical CO2 processing can compete economically with traditional extraction and separation processes.


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