Edible oil hydrogenation is an operation carried out in order to optimise some oil properties. The health concern related with the high production of trans-fatty acid in these processes is leading the sector of edible fat manufacturers to develop new and expensive technologies or to modify the hydrogenation process.
The main objective of CAMERTOIL is to develop and validate a new hydrogenation system based on the catalytic membrane reactor technology that will allow to reduce the content of trans-fatty acids in the final hydrogenated products below 1%. With this system, the hydrogenation process will be simplified: the catalyst membrane is supported and there is no mixture of reactants and catalyst, making the filtration phase unnecessary and avoiding the losses of catalyst. This will allow using a more selective catalyst to avoid trans-fatty acid production.