SERDANG, May 4 - UPM and Fibaloy International Sdn Bhd was collaborating to commercialized Maceration Induced Cell Rupturing Oil Nut Extraction Synthesis (MICRONES), a new technology to increase production of palm oil during extraction.
An exchange of licensing agreement documents between UPM and Fibaloy International Sdn Bhd was held in conjunction with Sidang Media Putracipta MICRONES organized by Putra Science Park at UPM Golf Course. UPM was represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof Dato’ Dr Husaini Omar, while Fibaloy International by its Managing Director, Gregory L. Foster.
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) researchers in collaboration with industry, have succeeded in developing MICRONES. MICRONES will change the extraction process of crude palm oil (CPO) and kernels from a cost-consuming process to one that will bring about profits, thereby reducing losses suffered by oil palm mills.
MICRONES came about through the combination of two research projects ‘Kernel Nut and Mesocarp Separation System by Prof Dr RobiahYunus from the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering), Faculty of Engineering, UPM, and ‘System for Continuous Extraction of Pericarp Liquid by Gregory L.Foster, a company from Fibaloy International Sdn Bhd.
This system can replace the traditional grinding method of producing palm oil and kernels for a better one and of quality.
Prof Dr Robiah said extraction process is critical in every palm oil mill due to inefficient technology that could result in loss of high quantity of palm oil.
MICRONES technology proves to be a vital discovery for the palm oil industry. In 2016, palm oil production went down to 0.35 percent in OER. This caused Malaysia and Indonesia, both of which are palm oil producers, to unnecessarily open up 250,000 hectares of land to meet up with the demand for 53 million tonnes of world CPO.
The impact of inefficiencies in the production of OER not only caused big losses to the industry but also greater impact to the environment where 476,000 hectares of land were needed to grow palm oil trees to make up for the losses in OER,” she said.
MICRONES is easily transported to factories for installation, without disrupting the process of daily production in the factories.
Updated:: 13/06/2017 [asrizam]