Initiative 2: Innovative Alternative Distillation Technologies for the reduction of Fossil Fuel Consumption

Alternative Distillation Identificationcompleted
The objectives of this project is to build efficiency, resilience and sustainability through a detailed assessment of Tarac’s distillation systems against world’s best practice.

Alternative Distillation Evaluationcompleted
Tarac engaged Process Energy Technology to design a system to reuse the University of Adelaide’s distillation column combined with membrane technology.

Greenfield Marc Distillationcompleted
Desktop study on the feasibility of an adaptation whereby the ethanol vapour is fed directly from the marc stills into distillation column.

Alternative Marc Processingcompleted
Identify alternative marc distillation processes. Conduct trials at winery for washing fresh Grape Marc to extract alcohol and tartrates.

Improve Product Quality – removal of undesired compoundscompleted
Collaborate with the University of Adelaide with the main aim to effectively remove esters, isopropanol and n-propanol from final product.

Improve Product Quality – Identify taint compoundscompleted
Collaborate with the University of Adelaide to identify taint compounds and gain an understanding of the source of taint.

Combination of Membrane technology with distillationcompleted
Explore suitability to use pervaporation (PV) process at Tarac’s Griffith NSW site to concentrate low wine from 55% to crude alcohol at 90%.

Spirit treatment with air ozonationcompleted
Conduct bench-scale study to determine the effectiveness and financial viability to use air ozonation to improve spirit quality.

Improving simulation with binary coefficientcommencing June 2021
The aim of this research is to determine the binary coefficients of the different components in low wine that enables the simulation software to provide a more accurate production plan and predict the problems that can affect the quality of the product.