Evaluating membrane technology for clarification of sugarcane juice

Jegatheesan, V., Shu, L., Keir, G., and Phong, D.D. (2012) Evaluating membrane technology for clarification of sugarcane juice. Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio-Technology, 11 (2). pp. 109-124.

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Abstract

The sugar industry needs to find efficient methods in clarifying the raw sugarcane juice in order to improve the quality of the clarified juice and to reduce or eliminate the usage of chemicals (lime). Conventional clarifiers use heavy equipment which lead to high operating costs and associated environmental problems. In sugar mills, ensuring the production of juice of consistently high clarity and low colour through the clarification process is a challenging task. The variations in the incoming juice characteristics due to differences in cane variety, soil and growing conditions, weather patterns and season make this task even more challenging. Membrane filtration promises superior quality juice with better clarity, much lower viscosity and noticeable colour removal. Ultrafiltration of clarified sugarcane juice can be done through spiral wound or flat sheet filtration systems using polymeric membranes or tubular filtration systems using ceramic membranes. This review evaluates the applications of membrane technology in sugar industry all over the world and the need for it in the Australian sugar industry. This is an important first step to identify the appropriate types and applications of membranes.

Item ID: 22663
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: membrane, sugarcane juice, clarification, flux, fouling, microfiltration, ultrafiltration
ISSN: 1569-1705
Funders: Sugar Research and Development Corporation
Projects and Grants: JCU029: evaluation of membrane technology for clarification of sugarcane juice (2007–2009)
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2012 10:00
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies @ 100%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8206 Harvesting and Packing of Plant Products > 820603 Sugar Cane (Cut for Crushing) @ 100%
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