Liquid-Liquid Extraction – Fermentation and Algae Broths

Biofuels and chemicals produced by biological processes such as fermentation and algae often require liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) as the first step in recovery and purification. Many of these chemicals are higher boiling than water or form azeotropes, resulting in high energy requirement for distillation. LLE often offers a process with significantly reduced energy requirement, and as such can provide a cost effective process which has minimal energy utilization, a key factor for effective biofuel technology.

Koch Modular has the experience and technology to make these processes efficient and cost effective. We know how to develop extraction processes, how to generate the proper scale-up data, and how to use this data to design and supply extraction columns with process performance guarantees. By offering a broad range of extraction columns (KARR®, SCHEIBEL®, and packed), we can identify the best column for each application and then work with our client to optimize their process. We have a pilot plant dedicated to the development of extraction processes. We can also provide equipment and services for laboratory, pilot plant, and demonstration plant facilities. As an example, Koch Modular recently partnered with an alternate energy company to demonstrate the commercial scalability of their Second Generation Biofuels Process – see Case Study below


If you are looking for someone to help take your biofuels or biochemicals process from concept to commercialization, we can work with you to:

  • Develop the optimal process flow sheet for your particular bio-based fuel or chemical
  • Generate laboratory and pilot plant data for scale-up
  • Generate sales grade samples of the chemicals using pilot scale equipment
  • Design, fabricate and implement demonstration and commercial scale plants

Please visit our main Technology Partner page for more information on how Koch Modular helped convert novel ideas and processes into practical and efficient operating systems.

Liquid Extraction