In Food & Beverage and related industries, ion exchange is used to develop new, better-tasting and safer products, and to improve the efficiency of manufacturing operations. Separation of nutritional components, de-mineralization, de-colorizing, de-acidification, removal of dissolved contaminants – all are examples of processes accomplished using ion exchange processing.
At Renix, applications of the C.F.I.X. technology in these industries have been developed – including for example, the use of C.F.I.X. for the removal of ionic contaminants such as dissolved metals, minerals or color compounds; an application that has been tested and proven effective even in the case of viscous liquids or high levels of dissolved solids.
In another example, prototype testing has been completed on recovery of protein isolates for the food ingredient industry using un-clarified whey and milled soybeans. Given that the majority of protein isolate production is currently based on the use of hexane, acid and/or alcohol treatments – the C.F.I.X. process is a unique alternative that offers solvent-free protein isolate for use in nutritional products, infant formulas, or athletic supplements.
Ion exchange has a range of applications in the alternative energy sector, particularly in the production of biofuels. C.F.I.X. technology has been tested in applications related to the production of ethanol as a potential way to remove inhibitory compounds from in-process streams, and thus contribute to increasing production yields.
C.F.I.X. technology has been proven to be robust in its ability to handle the level of dissolved solids typically found in this type of complex fermentation-based processing streams. At Renix, we are excited to be working with those in the alternative energy sector in support of their efforts to develop efficient, productive, and environmentally sound processes.
In power generation, pure water is necessary for many processes; the ability to treat and use water efficiently is critical to saving energy and money, and reducing environmental impact. Traditional ion exchange is commonly used in power generation to protect critical equipment, to polish boiler make-up and condensate streams, and to remove trace contaminants prior to re-introduction of water to the environment.
At Renix, we have proven the effectiveness of the C.F.I.X. technology to remove dissolved ionic contaminants such as metals. The system promises to offer savings in resin use, footprint, and other operating costs for these high volume applications.
In mining operations, ion exchange is a common processing technique for recovery of valuable commodities such as uranium or gold. Efforts to provide continuous ion exchange operations in these applications have been extensive over the past many decades.
At Renix, we have proven the effectiveness of the C.F.I.X. technology to remove dissolved metals and naturally occurring ionic elements. The system promises to offer savings in capital cost, footprint, and operating costs for these high volume applications.