Introduction to Cottonseed Oil Extraction Plant

Cottonseed oil extraction plant adopts solvent extraction method to extract cottonseed oil. The cottonseed oil plant includes cottonseeds pretreatment and prepressing workshop, cottonseed cake solvent extraction workshop and crude cottonseed oil refinery plant. The residual oil rate in the cottonseed meal is lower than 1%. Cottonseeds contain a toxic pigment which called gossypol, of which the content is 0.15%-1.8%. Cottonseed kernels contain 0.5%-2.5% of gossypol. After processed by the cottonseed oil refinery plant, the gossypol content in the oil is less than 0.01%. The products of the cottonseed oil processing plant are cottonseed oil, cottonseed meal, cottonseed hull, and soapstock.

cottonseed oil

Features of Cottonseed Oil Processing Plant

1. Cottonseed oil mill plant has high automation degree, continuous operation, saving labor.
2. The pre-pressed cake has low residual oil rate and is easy for solvent penetration.
3. Cottonseed oil extraction plant has multiple oil extractors for selection and advanced mineral oil system.
4. Adopting negative pressure evaporation system, saving energy and reducing steam consumption.
5. Low residual oil rate in the meal, good oil, and meal quality.

The Process of Cottonseed Oil Plant

Section I:  Cottonseeds Pretreatment and Prepressing Workshop

cottonseed oil pretreatment and prepressing processes

If your cottonseeds are with lint, then you need to add cottonseed delinting machine in the cottonseed oil plant.

delinted cotton seeds

Cleaning is to remove the various impurities in the cottonseeds by cottonseed cleaning equipment. Cleaning cottonseeds can reduce oil loss, increase oil yield, increase the quality of oil, cake and by-products, reduce the abrasion of equipment, increase the handling capacity and improve the work environment.
Cottonseed cleaning equipment for the cottonseed oil plant includes winnower, vibrating screen, magnetic separator, etc. The winnower can remove light impurities and dust as well as heavy impurities like stone and metal in the cottonseeds; The vibrating screen is to remove the large and small impurities; The magnetic separator is to remove the metal impurities in the cottonseeds.

Vibrating cleaning screen for screening impurities from soybeanMagnetic separator for cleaning soybean

Cottonseed contains 40%-55% of hulls and the hull contains only 0.3-1% of the oil. Cottonseed contains 14%-25% of oil and the kernels contain 30-40%. In addition, the hulls also contain brown pigment, pesticide residue, wax, and lint. Hulling cottonseeds can increase the handling capacity of oil press and increase oil yield, improve the quality of crude oil and meal. Cottonseed hulls can be used for cultivating mushroom and used as livestock feed, etc.

The toothed roller crusher in the cottonseed oil mill plant adopts two tooth rollers with different speed to remove the hull. By the extruding and shearing action of the counter-rotating rollers, the hulls are crushed and removed. The toothed roller crusher has the features of large capacity, low power consumption, easy maintenance, high hulling rate, low fines content, high whole kernel rate and the kernels and hulls are easy to be separated.

cottonseed hulling equipment with separator

The effect of kernels and hulls separation can affect the oil yield and the quality of oil and meal. Vibrating screen is adopted in the cottonseed oil mill plant to separate kernels and hulls. The hulls are further processed by the hull beater to separate the kernel pieces in hulls. The shaft of the hull beater rotates in different speed and direction with the screen drum. The beating sticks arranged in the spiral on the shaft beat and push the cottonseeds. The hulls and kernels flow out from different outlets of the hull beater.

Flaking process makes the cottonseeds into flakes and destroys the cell walls, which can largely shorten the oil path so that to increase the oil-yielding speed and oil yield. Cottonseed oil processing plant adopts hydraulic flaking roller which can guarantee the uniform thickness of the cottonseed flakes. The roller has high hardness and stable performance.

cottonseed flaking machine

To reduce the toxicity of gossypol, usually high moisture cooking is adopted in the cottonseed oil plant. The phospholipids absorb water and agglomerate so that do not dissolve in oil, reducing the binding with free gossypol. Free gossypol combines with protein to form bound gossypol which has no toxicity and is left in the meal.  Cottonseed oil processing plant adopts vertical cooker for the cooking process. The flakes from the flaking roller enter the vertical cooker. By high temperature and high moisture cooking, the temperature and moisture of cottonseed flakes are adjusted, the free gossypol content of the crude oil is reduced and the quality of the crude oil is improved.

steam fryer

Cottonseeds can be once-pressed and then sent to the cottonseed oil refinery plant directly. For the capacity of more than 20 tons per day, usually, solvent extraction method is adopted with cottonseed oil pre-press used to extract part of the oil. The machine has a large capacity and the cake has low residual oil rate and is easy for solvent penetration.

cottonseed oil pressing machine

The oil residue is separated from the oil by the oil residue scraper, and then the oil is filtered by the leaf filter. The filtered oil is pumped into the crude oil tank. The pre-pressed cake is sent to the solvent extraction workshop. The leaf filter used for the cottonseed oil processing plant has the features of high precision, easy to discharge the residue.

Section II: Cottonseed Cake Solvent Extraction Workshop

cottonseed oil extraction processes

Oil Extraction

Oil extraction is using the organic solvent to extract oil from the pre-pressed cake inside the oil extractor. Multiple oil extractors such as loop type extractor, rotocel extractor and towline extractor can be used for the cottonseed oil extraction plant. After oil extraction, miscella and the solvent containing wet meal are obtained. The miscella is pumped into the hydrocyclone to remove the fines and then the miscella enters the miscella tank in the cottonseed oil extraction plant.

cottonseed oil extractor

Wet Meal Desolventizing

The wet meal from the oil extractor enters the DTDC desolventizing the cottonseed oil extraction plant.After pre-desolventizing, desolventizing, drying, and cooling, the solvent is removed and the dry meal is obtained and sent to the meal storehouse for packaging. There is automatic feed valve on the desolventizing layer to keep constant material level.

Evaporating and Stripping

The miscella in the miscella tank enters the first long tube evaporator, the second long tube evaporator and the disk stripping column to remove the solvent. The whole system works under negative pressure. The crude oil obtained goes to the cottonseed oil refinery plant.
d. Solvent recovery: The solvent vapor enters the condensing system. The solvent recycled enters the solvent holding tank for circulation. The wastewater is discharged into the water seal tank. The vent gas in the cottonseed oil extraction plant enters the mineral oil system for further recovery of solvent. Solvent recovery can reduce solvent consumption and ensure safe production.

cottonseed oil extraction machine evaporator

Section III: Crude Cottonseed Oil Refinery Plant

cottonseed oil refinery plant

1. Degumming

Phospholipids are easy to adsorb bleaching clay and reduce bleaching effect. Meanwhile, the gossypol in the crude oil can react with phospholipids to form bound gossypol which can’t be removed. By degumming, the filtered cottonseed oil is preheated and phosphoric acid is added to change nonhydratable phospholipids into hydratable phospholipids.

2. De-acidification

Cottonseed oil is mixed with alkali which reacts with free fatty acids to form soapstocks. The mixture is centrifuged to separate the soapstocks from oil. The soapstocks have strong adsorbability and can adsorb some pigment, protein, phospholipids, mucilage and other impurities. The free gossypol also reacts with alkali to form the salt, which is adsorbed on the soapstocks to be removed. The oil is washed with hot water to remove the residual soapstocks. The wastewater is separated from the oil in a second centrifuge. The oil is then dehydrated under vacuum.

3. Bleaching

The degummed and neutralized oil is mixed with bleaching earth and then the mixture is sent into the bleaching tower in the cottonseed oil refinery plant. By heating under vacuum, the residual gossypol and other pigments in the oil are adsorbed on the clay. The mixture from the bleaching tower is pumped into the leaf filter to remove the waste clay.

4. Deodorization

The bleached oil is pumped into the deodorization tower in the cottonseed oil refinery plant to remove the free fatty acids and odor substances so that to improve the flavor, stability, color, and quality of the oil. The deodorization process is performed under high temperature and high vacuum.

5. Cottonseed Oil Fractionation Plant

cottonseed oil fractionation equipment

Cottonseed oil fractionation plant can obtain liquid oil and solid fat by cooling crystallization and solid-liquid separation. The plant has the features of advanced technology, fully automatic, high liquid oil yield and high solid fat purity. Cottonseed oil contains a fair amount of saturated fatty acid and thus has a high melting point. At low temperature, part of triacylglycerol crystallized and precipitated, which restricts the application, transportation and trade of cottonseed oil. By cottonseed oil fractionation, liquid oil and solid fat are obtained. The liquid oil can be used to make mayonnaise and salad dressing. The solid fat can be used for the manufacturing of frying oi, margarine, shortening, cocoa butter substitute, etc.