FORT MILL, S.C. – June 13, 2019 – Diversey – the leading global hygiene and cleaning company – in partnership with Advanced Extraction Systems Inc. (AESI) – has premiered a revolutionary new cleaning process and CIP system. The system has been developed for application with the CO2 extraction process in the rapidly emerging global hemp industry.
A Synergy with Innovation at its Heart
Canadian-based AESI is a pioneer in the design and fabrication of fully automated supercritical fluid CO2 extraction systems for the global hemp and cannabis industries.
“Our productive partnership is built on two companies who have a natural synergy,” says Robert Bowness, Sector Director – North America, Pharmaceuticals, Diversey. “Both Diversey and AESI have innovation at the heart of everything they do and in each case this philosophy is based fundamentally on world class in-house R&D. We each have full control over all aspects of design and development, while placing great value on applying the industry-leading knowledge and expertise that we are mutually renowned for in our respective sectors.”
An Innovative Solution to an Explosive Problem
Historically CO2 extraction systems have been cleaned with ethanol. However, as a volatile cleaning agent, its use has always been subject to the strictest regulation, which presents a significant safety issue regarding storage.
“As AESI have moved to the next level in the industry, enabling exceptional hemp production capacities with our development of the largest CO2 Supercritical Fluid Extraction System available, this issue has come into sharper focus,” says David Campbell, co-founder and COO of AESI. “Storing the required large volumes of ethanol on site is a potential health hazard, a potential financial burden and a logistical problem if space is limited. Diversey’s global reputation in cleaning processes is something we have long been aware of and we are confident that our partnership with them has produced an innovative solution to this pressing issue.”
Removing a Constriction to Global Industry Growth
Since formal legalisation, Canada has become a world leader in hemp production. The licensed industry is expanding exponentially and the use of ethanol in the hemp processors’ cleaning protocols has exercised a constricting grip on the industry. Many of these hemp manufacturers are looking to extend or add to their existing facilities. Under prior ethanol restrictions, this would have involved the necessity to construct an explosion proof standard resulting in additional expenditure of millions of dollars being added to actual construction costs.
By reducing ethanol in the cleaning process, Diversey’s new CIP system effectively reduces the capital cost of expansion and is a significant industry driver. The innovative CIP system is constructed as a skid that sits alongside the extraction unit and automates the cleaning process. “There is nothing else comparable within the industry,” states Bowness. “The CIP process produces a cleaning efficacy due to the change from ethanol – which works more as a sanitising agent than as a cleaner – to an alkali process using a food grade cleaning agent.”
A Liberating Game Changer
“From the CIP trials we’ve carried out in development with Diversey, there is no doubt that removing the volatility of ethanol, combined with the greater cleaning success the process achieves, makes this new system a real game changer,” confirms Campbell. “For our customers, this CIP system will essentially be part of our turnkey package, enabling AESI to supply and advise on everything needed to get the entire extraction portion of their business up and running.”
Bowness agrees. “Simply from implementing our new CIP method, a hemp manufacturer can expect to gain from immediate efficiencies. Safety is also a big factor in this and, aligned to the stimulus to hemp industry expansion, we confidently anticipate the system will have a significant impact. Together with AESI we have answered a real need for manufacturers – and are in effect liberating the industry.”
Diversey’s purpose is to protect and care for people every day. Diversey has been, and always will be, a pioneer and facilitator for life. We constantly deliver revolutionary cleaning and hygiene technologies that provide total confidence to our customers across all of our global sectors, including: cleaning products, systems and services that efficiently integrate chemicals, machines and sustainability programs. This makes us unique among leading global hygiene and cleaning companies. Everything we do has our customers’ needs at its heart and is based on the belief that cleaning and hygiene are life essentials. With over 95 years of expertise, we safeguard our customers’ businesses, contributing to productivity improvements, lower total operating costs and brand protection. Headquartered in Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA, Diversey employs approximately 9,000 people globally, generating net sales of approximately $2.6 billion in 2017.
For more information, please visit: https://diversey.com/.
Located in Prince Edward Island, Canada, Advanced Extraction Systems Inc. designs, engineers and fabricates supercritical fluid CO2 extraction systems with a specific focus in the medical/recreational marijuana and hemp industries. AESI has assembled a skilled management team and a world-class scientific advisory group with over 75 years of experience in supercritical fluid design and processes. AESI offers the cleanest, most advanced CO2 extraction processes that are leading edge due to the company’s ongoing internal focus on research and development. AESI CO2 extraction systems are unique in design, efficiency and ease of operation. Specifically, AESI systems can be differentiated from the competition in six key technical areas: excellent pump reliability, superior flow rates, superior fractionation, greater phase management control, cGMP recipe development and scalability for future growth.
For more information, please visit www.advancedextractionsystems.com.