Economic Assessment for Cold Sterilization and Clarification of Pineapple Juice and Coconut Water using Microfiltration

Authors

  • A. Laorko Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Agro-Industry Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, 90112, Thailand, LPE’s Membrane Learning Center, Liquid Purification Engineering International Co., Ltd, Nonthaburi,11140, Thailand & Membrane Science and Technology Research Center, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, 90112, Thailand
  • S. Tongchitpakdee Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, 10900, Thailand
  • W. Youravong Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Agro-Industry Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, 90112, Thailand & Membrane Science and Technology Research Center, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, 90112, Thailand

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11113/amst.v17i1.13

Abstract

This study aims to assess the economical feasibility for production of sterilized/clarified pineapple juice and coconut water using cross flow microfiltration (MF). The data for microfiltration plant design is based on the experimental results from our previous studies. The capacity of processing plant for the juice production is assumed to be 20,000 L/day for each juice. The 0.2 ï­m and 0.1 ï­m hollow fiber membranes are used for producing clarified/sterilized pineapple juice and coconut water respectively. The investment cost and the operating cost under various operating conditions are summarized. The operating condition is found to be a major factor influencing capital cost as well as operation cost. The economic assessment is accomplished for production of 5,000 m3/year, yielding an interest rate of return of 38.3-53.6 % and payback period of 1.9-2.6 years for pineapple juice while the yielding an interest rate of return of 19.2-23.2% and payback period of 3.9-4.4 years for coconut water depending on operating conditions.

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2017-11-13

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Laorko, A., Tongchitpakdee, S., & Youravong, W. (2017). Economic Assessment for Cold Sterilization and Clarification of Pineapple Juice and Coconut Water using Microfiltration. Journal of Applied Membrane Science &Amp; Technology, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.11113/amst.v17i1.13

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