Science Behind Technology

This presentation from 2019 will help people relatively new to Oils&Fats industry or who work on the fringes to understand some of the terminology and the broader context in which the industry operates.

Learning objectives:

  • A basic review of oil chemistry
  • What crops are used to provide oil and their place in the wider environment
  • How oil is extracted and processed

Presenter: Alan Paine, Desmet Ballestra - Group Technical Support, currently retired

Presenter bio: Alan Paine has been working as a chemical engineer in the industry since joining Simon Rosedowns in the UK in 1984. Desmet bought the company in 1988. Between 1995 and 2000 he was based in Desmet’s office in Atlanta, GA. Since then, Alan has been living in the UK and working for the Belgian office. He was responsible for Global Technical Support and recently retired. Most of his work has been involved in the engineering of refineries, but understanding other sectors and how they affect refining is important. He has travelled widely and visited farms/plantations, palm oil mills, and extraction plants, in addition to refineries. Currently retired, independent consultant.

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