Our ethanol-based extraction labs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to other processes commonly used in the industry. Ethanol can be recovered and re-used between batches, making this method considerably more environmentally conscious than supercritical CO2 or butane extraction methods.
Current thinking has most licensed producers (LPs) evaluating ethanol and supercritical CO2 extraction processes as the best options for their extraction labs. Each has its advantages and obstacles, and some LPs choose to employ both methods. Below is an at-a-glance summary of the pros and cons of each, and why we’ve chosen to use ethanol for our mobile extraction labs.
Pros of supercritical CO2 extraction
As of July 7th, 2021, extractX has been highlighted for funding of up to $1.48 million from the Government of Canada’s Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program. The ACT Program supports technologies that cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve energy efficiency, helping Canada meet its climate change goals. Read the full news release.
For our turnkey mobile extraction labs, ethanol extraction was the clear process of choice. Delivering superior results in efficiency, scalability, and product quality, our turnkey mobile extraction labs arrive fully staffed and ready to start processing within a short time of arrival. Labs are built to comply with local regulatory standards , come with documented SOPs, and trained staff manage ongoing operations, processing up to 189 0 lbs. of biomass each day.
Pros of ethanol extraction
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Ethanol and supercritical CO2 extraction processes are the current leading methods for extracting THC and CBD distillate from cannabis and hemp biomass. It takes 6-10 CO2 extractors to deliver the same output as one ethanol extractor, which results in lower operating costs and a smaller footprint for the ethanol extraction lab. Ethanol extraction labs also offer flexibility and scalability in production that isn’t matched by alternative methods.
While the demand for THC and CBD distillate products for recreational and medical use keeps growing, major producers of hemp, cannabis, and distillate products need to be conscious of the environmental impacts of creating their products. By taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies, companies can position themselves to not only be environmentally focused, but to also capitalize on opportunities to cut costs while creating the highest quality distillate.
As the demand for CBD and THC distillate products keeps increasing, the supercritical CO2 extraction method is becoming less appealing to producers. The benefits of smaller lab sizes, lower operating costs, and better scalability and flexibility make ethanol extraction labs the clear choice, especially for mid-sized producers who would rather not suffer the headache of trying to build their own large-scale extraction facility. (Read more about the pros and cons of building your own extraction lab, and some alternatives).