Active vs. Passive Butane Recovery

It cycles the same solvent through the material until enough is enough?

I am thoroughly intrigued to see this one run

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You’re not supposed to extract the tape/sharpie combo.

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it appears to work by sending the same solvent through the biomass >>> WFE >> biomass several times, stripping the concentrate oil in the process.

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That’s what I was thinking, too. Extract, recover, re-inject, and repeat

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Did you try an FFE(i.e. Bizzy) before moving to a WFE?

Was there some reason an FFE was not satisfactory, or some significant benefit to the WFE?

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Roflmfao no, we came out with the WFE for propane before bizzy came out with his FFE for butane. He seen us at the Loveland NOCO Hemp Expo then released his unit a few months later.

Surface Area is exponentially greater. Less residence time is needed. WFE’s are more efficient than FFE; less height is required. WFE’s are better at removing the volatile components such as propane. And more… We are also patent pending on this process due to a very specific set of requirements.

I have known about the problems faced for quite a while and have been working towards the most efficient possible system. We have completely removed the need for a ratio style of extraction. We use a phase transient solvent state to which takes on its own unique properties not seen with a pure liquid solvent. We invented a new technology to get away from the old regurgitated techniques.

Just wait for what is to come!!! The Behemoth is just one of our mid size models… :flying_saucer:

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super/Saturated propane vapor?

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the bottleneck is still that big ol’ recovery pump

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Not if you know how to use it… then it is your biggest friend. We are recovering well blow 0.1 # of solvent remaining per 10# sock every run with exceptional ease (usually takes about 10 minutes to purge the entire system)…

Can easily recover a lb every two seconds… The big boy pump is actually only a mid size unit… much bigger are available.

Many other uses! Hush Hush :wink:

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We are absolutely one of a kind! No other system on the market can operate the way our systems do! Butane / Propane / Mixture fully compatible, 100% Fully PSI Certified, Patent and UL Listing Pending!!!

It is almost like teaching people to be true wizards of thermodynamics! Once you get it, you kinda kick yourself in the ass for not seeing it earlier! :skull_and_crossbones: :japanese_ogre: :alien: :mage: :rofl: :joy: :grin: :love_you_gesture:

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What size hoses fit on the recovery pump? ½" or ⅜"? Anything less than ½" and it’s a fail.

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3/4" Convoluted for the T91, 2" convoluted for the bigger pump.

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Where are you guys located?

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Is this the mysterious patent pending High Pressure Hydrocarbon Extraction (HPHE) that is mentioned but not explained on your website and IG?

Since you’ve got it patent pending and you’ve popped up here making some extraordinary claims, just like the OP of this thread, would you mind explaining this revolutionary phenomenon or is it still a secret and you can only make empty marketing claims?

I think there are several other manufacturers that would hotly argue this point with you. Sounds like some more marketing BS IMO. Must play well at MJBizCon though.

WOW!!!

LOL, I’m no BizzyBee fanboy but I would love to see you and him hash this statement out. Too bad he’s not on the board. @cal.bee.bizzy

It sounds like you’re insinuating that Bizzy saw your WFE and was inspired by it to come up with his FFE.

I have issues with pretty much all these statements about WFE vs FFE. Would you mind elaborating on your reasoning behind these claims?

If you take a given cylinder length and width and one utilizes the inside diameter surface area only (WFE) and the other is filled with a tube sheet (FFE), how can the WFE have exponentially greater surface area?

Why are WFE better at removing propane than a FFE?


Who in their right mind is gonna want to extract 1000# per 8hrs by packing, unpacking and then cleaning 7-10# socks continuously?

IMO for making crude a continuous process or at least one with larger material holding vats has a major advantage over you here.

I think this high-labor way of making crude you’ve presented is not efficient and most people who know what they’re doing are looking to enter the crude production market with higher throughput, lower labor solutions that are probably cheaper as well.

I personally make dabbing oil only, not crude, and I can’t wait to jump up to 8" columns to get over this minimum packing size issue. I can only imagine the poor workers who have to do this packing for 1000# every 8 hrs.

Do you include the packing, unpacking and cleaning of the material socks in the 1000# per 8hrs claim?

Tell us more! Don’t come on here unsolicited and give us your BS empty marketing claims. That’s for IG and MJBizCon. All I see is crude on your IG. This is primarily a crude machine that you are even marketing directly toward the hemp crude processing community.

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Ban bang :gun::gun::gun:

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@Tech1145 holding court🤙

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…Tech lays down the law :sweat_smile:

I am also skeptical with regards to justification of WFE vs FFE, especially for propane.

Seems to me like the main purpose of the WFE is for molecular distillation or high viscosity fluids, doesn’t seem necessary for propane… could help for butane but propane should rip in an FFE.

I could be missing something here.

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We started in the cannabis community but then hemp has been our primary focus only due to the fact there are not too many cannabis operators wanting to process 1000# per shift. There are a few and some struggling to make it with other systems. We went to hemp because 1000# per shift was a small amount considering, but we brought to the table crude quality from the cannabis industry. This gave us a chance to prove our machines to the world and now we are coming back to the cannabis industry.

We have since gone backwards and made our Turbo Unit that can process 200# per shift as a single column unit, and its expansion kit to add another 400# capacity.

Is this the mysterious patent pending High Pressure Hydrocarbon Extraction (HPHE) that is mentioned but not explained on your website and IG?

  • Yes. It is similar to a refrigeration system. How often do you top off your refrigerator? How much solvent does it require to maintain the zones as required under the conditions? We only need 60# of solvent to operate our entire Behemoth. All day long, don’t even need to put it back into the tank until the end of the day (pretty advanced).

If you take a given cylinder length and width and one utilizes the inside diameter surface area only (WFE) and the other is filled with a tube sheet (FFE), how can the WFE have exponentially greater surface area?

  • Not so much actual physical area, but the wiping action increases the surface area of the liquid being moved to the wall being heated via agitation.
  • Our wfe is a positive pressure unit, it is not designed to operate below a specified pressure.
  • Finally, it is not there to replace vacuum ovens, it is only to remove the majority volume of the most volatile component as fast as possible from a very viscus product while pulling crude from the storage vats.

Who in their right mind is gonna want to extract 1000# per 8hrs by packing, unpacking and then cleaning 7-10# socks continuously?

  • Yea I would agree its good work to run 1000# per day, our guys in Wisconsin are already doing it. They feel they could run more if they used the more advanced tech of just moving the gas from side to side instead of a complete recovery at the end of the run. Our California clients are well on their way as well running cannabis. Next up to train the two local operators on their units.

IMO for making crude a continuous process or at least one with larger material holding vats has a major advantage over you here.

  • We have much larger automated designs in progress. There is a HUGE problem with just going to a larger vat size; ASME wall thickness & the fact that stainless is more of an insulator than conductor of heat. :man_facepalming:

Do you include the packing, unpacking and cleaning of the material socks in the 1000# per 8hrs claim?

  • Yes. Socks are packed in a separate room and stored for later use. 100# per hour is a more appropriate rate. This machine is designed to operate 24/7.

It is not too difficult to advance a technology that is still living in the primordial times. It all revolves around pressure and how to use it to your advantage. Understanding gaseous solvents and what happens when they are compressed above normal temp/pressure relationship. We use a Phase Transient solvent that is not a solid liquid nor gas nor supercritical, but rather a mixture of vapor and liquid, also known as a saturated vapor. We have calculated every stage of our system and what the quality state of the gas is (liquid/vapor) at all points. For instance, an average liquid density ranges between 75-90% liquid depending on the situation in the extraction column. Once you understand the basics of our units you will smack yourself in the head… happens every time we train.

Its kind of like a radio; when tuned you can hear the station great, but when out of tune will sound like garbage or have no sound at all.

(Sadly hash people get it the least or not at all)

@GreenProcessSolution If you think about your statement, my purpose for the WFE is to distill the majority propane (highly volatile) out of the highly viscous crude with the shortest residence time possible. This is great for temperature-sensitive mixtures such as cannabinoids & terpenes. :wink:

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado!

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Sooo, its been a few days…has anyone taken it upon themselves to trial this method for a proof of concept? Can we advance this discussion or are we gonna table it as “marketing BS”?

I can see how folks would be skeptical, and agree there is a tinge of a “marketing tone” in Zachs posts here, but i cant blame em for “tooting their own horn”, they are selling a system designed for this mode of operation after all (people gotta eat).

I can say that 1) My team has tried this on a very rudimentary level to see for ourselves months ago and got results that showed it can work and does have some advantages that help with scaling LPG based extraction processes. It could be difficult to configure a pre-existing system for this type of operation safely, but that doesnt mean it cant be done.
I have also seen their system in person and can vouch for the design/build and its functionality.

No doubt, with the Behemoth, theres quite a bit of column/sock packing required, but that issue can easily be solved in their larger designs.
Its a bit different approach for sure, but is a valid approach and any system utilizing this method should be designed for such in order to safely and consistently perform such operation.

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It is likely the most difficult way to operate and extract in the world, but if understood, is roughly 50 to 200 times (or more depending on your ratio) more efficient than the traditional technique. We have a deep understanding of the actual physics behind it’s operation and have utilized this as much as possible within our design! There is more to it than one would think! :wink:

Our Behemoth can easily operate within a F1 Occupancy (without sprinklers) operating on a 100# supply tank and still process up to 1000# per day!!

We are going down the road now to automate our Behemoth design so as to take the difficulty of operation / training and make it into a simple push button operation!! All future designs will follow suit with automation as it is the only way to scale past 1000# per day and not burden the user too much.

Our larger models are self loading and unloading systems; the Leviathan being semi-continuous and the Juggernaut being fully continuous propane / butane extraction! We have yet again a new style of extraction to advance the industry even further! HPHE is just a baseline!

We are fully open to licensing opportunities with our technologies! If it is something your interested in learning as much as possible (from the source), just send us an email to Sales@illuminatedextractors.com! We have all the details, from phase diagrams and states to theoretical concepts and how they can be directly applied and more!!

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