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Short Path Distillation (SPD) Ready in 2014

Posted on Sep 19, 2013

POS has extensive experience with a bench scale SPD systems however our ability to offer commercial services has been limited. This hurdle will be overcome in January 2014. The SPD technology involves the distillation of a substance in thin-film, liquid form under high vacuum and condensation of the resulting fractions. SPD equipment has several applications which include extracting oil from algae for bio-fuels to value added agri-food products. Commercial scale equipment is quite expensive because of the limited number of fabricators and each piece has been custom built based on POS...

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New Flash Evaporator

Posted on Sep 19, 2013

POS has commissioned a new flash evaporator and, by December 2013, a short path distillation system will be installed and operational for January 2014 projects. These two investments exceed $2 million in new capabilities offered to the contract R&D custom processing community. Flash evaporator technology provides commercial scale fee-for-service bioprocessing capacity for extracting and concentrating heat-sensitive, high value compounds. For our manufacturing clients, it means producing market quantities of key products (like essences, modified proteins, concentrates, and powdered...

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POS Complex Renamed

Posted on Sep 19, 2013

In September 2012, we named the POS complex after our first Executive Director and current Board Chair: Mr. John Cross. John is the first to identify the importance of family and in particular, the loving and full support he received from his cherished wife Charlotte, who passed away in 2008. Mr. Cross built POS Pilot Plant from its creation, establishing a team of research scientists, technicians, and operators to develop innovative new products to enrich the prairie economy. He created the conditions which later allowed POS to collaborate in the successful development of world firsts: ...

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$3 Million Facility Upgrade Underway

Posted on Jun 19, 2013

The facility renovation is in full gear and expected to be complete by December 2013. The renovation means POS will have sufficient electrical capacity to handle multiple projects as well as planned equipment expansions.  In addition, the facility will now have the capability to monitor energy use activities which means better engineering plans for clients and improved feedback on existing processes. The renovation will also permit POS to plug in emergency electrical generation capacity should it be required. The other two fundamental improvements the renovation is addresses include a much...

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Potential By-Products: Algal Oil Processing

Posted on Apr 12, 2013

While  at AOCS 2013, don’t miss Dr. Nienke Lindeboom’s presentation entitled “Potential  By-Products to the Algae Oil Process” on April 30 at 8:20 am in Room  #513F.  Here is the abstract: “In  recent years there has been a strong increase in the utilization of  microalgae as a lipid source for food and fuel.  Although supported by  significant research and development activity, the technology,  particularly when related to the production of biofuel and co-products,  is still in its infancy. Besides  the desired lipid based end products, microalgae contain a...

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Congratulations Dr. Udaya Wanasundara

Posted on Apr 10, 2013

Dr. Wanasundara has been honoured with the designation of Certified Food Scientist (CFS) from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). With this approval, he will be one of the food scientists who will be etched in the history of IFT and the profession for being part of the inaugural class of CFS certificants. Through earning the CFS, Udaya Wanasundara has demonstrated the requisite applied knowledge and skills and commitment to lifelong learning required to earn this distinction. Food science is constantly evolving, and it is imperative for employees to stay current on the latest...

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