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Advanced Extraction Technology Ltd

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On this page Advanced Extraction Technology Ltd regularly posts details of new projects & collaborations undertaken by the company in the field of sub-critical water extraction & technology.


06/01/2014 AET COMMENCES TWO COLLABORATIVE R&D PROJECTS IN VALORISATION OF WASTE BIOMASS.

 

Advanced Extraction Technology Ltd has recently started two joint research projects with staff from the University of York.

 

The first project involves AET Ltd using super-heated (sub-critical) water technology to convert
an agricultural waste material, currently used as a low-value animal feed, as a potential raw material (feedstock) for bio-fuel production. Expert staff at the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) will then use their scale-up facilities to develop processes with the aim
of turning the material into a bio-fuel.

“Exploring this type of reuse or “waste valorisation” is of great importance, particularly as it offers an alternative source of biofuel to food crops, which is a hot topic of debate and concern”, explains Dr Fabien Deswarte, Business Development Unit Manager at the BDC. “Looking at uses for “wastes” is just one of the ways the BDC is working towards a circular economy, and we are thrilled to be working with AET on this project”.

  

In a second project, AET Ltd has signed a collaborative research agreement with the Greeen Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) to investigate
extracting potentially valuable polyphenols from citrus waste. This waste is available in large quantities (e.g. from the juicing industry), but currently
has little commercial value and is primarily used to add bulk to animal feed. Dr Gary Wheatley expands: “These citrus polyphenols are expected to exhibit both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and may find applications in both food and skincare products.”

“The beauty of these projects is that we are not only finding high-value applications for natural chemicals derived from wastes, but we are also applying “green chemistry” to do this, i.e. not using hazardous chemicals and applying simple, environmentally benign technologies” comments Professor James Clark, Director of the GCCE.

Both projects have been made possible through funding at the BDC and the GCCE from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which is available to eligible small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) in Yorkshire and Humber.

18/10/2013 UPGRADE OF SWE CAPABILITIES AT AET LTD

 

Advanced Extraction Technology has completed an upgrade on its sub-critical water extraction (SWE) equipment.

 

In addition to an increase in the standard extraction vessel capacity of up to 4 litres, the main improvement in
capability is an increase in the maximum operating temperature from 230°C to 350°C.

This upgrade has been undertaken in order to allow the company to expand activities to include the digestion of agricultural biomass to generate bio-fuels.

 

The first projects to use this upgraded equipment will both involve the use of sub-critical water to generate bio-fuel precursors from agricultural waste.

Future projects are likely to extend these studies to include production of renewable sources of industrial chemicals from biomass.

 

 

 

12/08/2013   NEW PROJECTS IN VALORISATION OF WASTE BIOMASS

 

During w/c 29/07/13 the directors of the company took part in two meetings to discuss projects relating to the valorization of waste biomass.

The outcome of both these meetings was very positive and it is expected that the start dates for the two projects will be confirmed as September 2013 and October 2013.

These new projects will strengthen the activities of the company in the area of renewable chemicals & biofuels.   

The company is already engaged in a collaborative project with a leading UK university in the extraction of potentially valuable natural chemicals from waste biomass produced by food processing industries.

 

Full details of these projects will be posted on this website in the next few weeks

 



17/07/2013   CANDIDATE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PRODUCT COMPLETES NEXT STAGE OF TESTING

 

The company has recently completed a project in conjunction with HONEI (University of Hull) in the evaluation of the anti-inflammatory activities of its patent protected skullcap flavonoids extract.

The study demonstrated that the extract was able to significantly suppress inflammatory processes in cultures of human cells.

Taken in conjunction with the results of earlier studies, which demonstrated that the skullcap flavonoids extract inhibited key enzymes involved in inflammatory response and also in tissue remodeling following damage, this serves to confirm the great potential of this material in the treatment of skin inflammation and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).