Salov is working to reduce and monitor theenvironmental impact of its production processes, in particular, its refining activities.
As part of these efforts, the company became involved in INNOVOIL, which stands for INNOVation in processes and facilities for the sustainable production of cooking OIL.
The project aims to develop a plan of action to apply innovative technology to production processes in order to reduce the consumption of energy and materials, as well as to reduce waste during the various operations.
This project is sponsored by the Region of Tuscany and carried out in partnership with ENERTECH S.R.L., a Tuscany-based company specializing in designing and building industrial facilities, and in
cooperation with the University of Pisa – Department of Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry and Materials Science – as well as the Consorzio Polo Tecnologico Magona.
- INNOVOIL involves:
- The characterization and analysis of each phase of the refining process for the purpose of increasing process sustainability, while reducing the consumption of energy and materials
- The design and creation of a pilot production plant to reproduce each phase of refining
- The expansion of the equalization area of the wastewater purification system so that the system’s performance will not be dependent on the variability of raw materials processed at the plant
- Heat recovery (full text available only in italian language) from the airflow generated during processes to meet some of the plant’s energy requirements
- Recovery and recycling of condensation previously used in open cycle to produce steam
- Assessing the risk of explosion during storage of raw materials and during processing after the accumulation of solvent remaining from extraction
- Simulation of the refining process (full text available only in italian language) (with ASPEN HYSYS simulator) to quantify energy requirements in the various sections of the plant and to identify energy recovery/saving potential
- Analysis of process’s environmental impact LCA using the LCA method (life cycle assessment, UNI EN ISO 14040-14044) to verify improvement in the environmental sustainability of the process
The goal is to promote qualified research in the area of environmental sustainability, and it is to be achieved by increasing competition among businesses and the whole regional system.
In May 2009, Salov began to develop the INNOVOIL project with funding from the Region of Tuscany through POR CReO FESR 2007/2013, a one-time selection in R&D, Plan of Action A